As Trump ambassador to Germany underscores pick-Seine, America First ‘Foreign Policy

As Trump ambassador to Germany underscores pick-Seine, America First ‘Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump has appointed a number of controversial ambassadors in the past four years, including a Palm Beach luxury designer purse to South Africa and a dermatologist in Los Angeles, which had to be ordered back to his place in the South Island of California. be retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor ambassador to Germany – – His last choose the policy in Washington has turned upside down, in a further sign of the growing gap between the United States and its longtime ally as new international challenges such crown and confront climate change. Although Macgregor knows German history and speaks the language, some Senate Republicans are quietly urging the White House his nomination after a series of Islamophobic retire, racist, and even anti-German remarks were found earlier this month by CNN. Some Democrats say privately they hope that Trump is his choice as Macgregor hearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs – where they can publicly lambast him ahead of the vote against his appointment. Among other Macgregor has often criticized the German Government and of which Muslim refugees there as “intruders” in Russian state television suggested that Moscow justifies the annexation of the Crimea and eastern Ukraine to attack, because Eastern and Southern Ukrainians “are clearly Russian,” and told to create the democratic begÞnstigt illegal immigration party, the demografischen changes that make them continuous output within US borders. ‘The feeling that things in Washington. Subscribe to daily direct current, short newsletter. “Public statements Macgregor Colonel expected him over the years on immigration, Muslims and our relationship with Germany for each office disqualified Government to represent much less the United States as an ambassador,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Committee’s external relations, in a statement at a time. “Although his views reflect those of President Trump, it is for the entire Senate, including Senate Republicans to reject the candidate.” While Macgregor remarks about Muslims and Mexicans may be enough to sink his nomination, his embrace of Trump attacks on Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel of a profound contradiction at the heart of the Trump foreign policy. While the economic pressure, political, and sometimes military exercise maximum Trump on the enemies of the United States, such as Iran, China and North Korea that its agenda is necessary, the president attacks allies and leaders as attempts Merkel support. On July 29, days after being named Macgregor, Trump has approved a plan by many as retaliation for the complaint often repeated the president interpreted some 12,000 US troops from Germany, a move to redeploy that Berlin does not spend enough on his defense. The overall effect, current and former officials say, is that political alliances, economic and military in the United States had conducted since the end of World War II is crumbling like China, North Korea, Iran, climate change and global pandemics represent new threats in the US “Mr., Macgregor appointment is designed only to further erode and damage US-German relations,” says Heather Conley, vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Washington, build on what als, damage vorherige tenure’von Trump Ambassador, Ric Grenell. Although Germany is the only ally in the viewfinder is not Trump – Japan, South Korea and Canada have also enjoyed similar treatment – the president went to mount his way along the dormant anti-German sentiment in United States, observers say, despite his German heritage itself. “Is a known function of parts of the German public While anti-Americanism, anti-Germanism of America pretty much has not been available for several decades,” said Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff office German Marshall Fund in Berlin. “President Trump has been an innovator in that he introduced the concept of the American foreign policy anti-German.” This attitude reflects some important things about the Trump vision of the world, says a US diplomat, who requested anonymity. First, because the president does not regard Russia as an adversary, he thinks that America spends too Germany and other NATO members from Moscow to defend the official said. Secondly relations as most of the transactions, see, he believes that Germany does not spend enough on his defense. And third, the official says, in particular, Merkel is a goal, because “everything is personal with Trump,” and keep it, not Russian President Vladimir Putin, a rival for power and global attention. Macgregor echoed Trump complain that Germany does not spend enough on his defense to be even accuse Berlin, offer more with free services for Muslim immigrants than it is with the funding of its armed forces. But their claim that Germany “Delinquent” is because it spends less than 2% of GDP, is wrong: The 2% figure They regularly cite a 2024 target for all NATO members, not a present obligation. Trump personal hostility towards the German leaders began before he became president. If TIME Merkel has elected its 2015 Person of the Year, Trump tweeted. “I knew the magazine @TIME never took me as a person of the year, despite the big favorite is (sic) have taken the person (sic), that Germany has ruined.” E ‘was chosen 2016 Person of the Year. Macgregor office did not respond to a request for comment. Previously Macgregor “highly qualified,” and this month added the spokesman of the White House Deere Judd said: “During the swamp of President Trump candidate may feel threatened, the first American in implementing convinced wants the White House filled in this diplomatic post critics see without delay. “the Department of State referred a request for comment at the white house, the new comment had not.” an exercise in narcissism, “Macgregor is the appointment of the last symptom of what foreign policy is not the Trump says former deputy Secretary of State William burns and other national security officials, current and former. Although retired and not Trump winning a second term, the damage done to German-American relations, and by extension to other US allies in Europe and Asia, which now if America will meet its obligations to them is difficult go back, they say. Similarly, it could take years to repair the damage that Trump distaste for diplomacy and his election caused the ambassador to the State Department and the US diplomatic corps to repair, and more active than a dozen US officials and former officials of the Foreign Service have said in recent months. On July 28, the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee was a report of directors Trump “decimation” of the Department of State at home and abroad, to describe with career diplomats “a complete and total disregard for the ( their) knowledge “to condemn and even” contempt “for career employees. Only two Foreign Service officers have been confirmed by the Senate as senior officials of the Department of David Hale State, the director of planning, and Carol Perez is general manager of the Foreign Service, a position that by law must come from a career diplomat, instead . The other top-rung positions held by political appointees, the main of which are fellow West Point Class Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, or officials of a Einwirkungs capability that strengthens suspicions Trump grip on the bureaucracy. The percentage of ambassadors who are politically, as Macgregor would be quite professional the highest in modern history, says Eric Rubin, a career ambassador and president of the American Foreign Service Association. The Law Foreign Service in 1980 requires that all the ambassadors to be comprehensive, and states that during the President may “from time to time” appointed political officials, such jobs “normal” should go to career members of the Foreign Service, he says. “Simply put, the White House is no longer qualified individuals forward for key positions established,” says Conley of CSIS. The impact of that in both embarrassing moments for US diplomats and US dysfunctional missions confirmed in various capitals across the Atlantic. In the Netherlands, Ambassador Peter Hoekstra, a former congressman from Michigan visited a Dutch cemetery on 30 July, apparently unaware that buried beneath which there are a number of members of the Waffen-SS Nazi Germany, a unit of ‘elite, played an important role in rounding up and destroying the Jews and others during the Holocaust. An inspector of the Department of general report State released August 12 found that Trump ambassador to Britain, New York Jets co-owner Woody Johnson “made inappropriate remarks or insensitive to arguments.,,. Like religion, sex or color,” While IG did not comment on media reports that Johnson continued his guests to keep the British Open golf tournament at the Trump Scotland, criticized him for hesitation treatment or professional diplomats in question “Resistance.” Based on the statements of the president of a “deep state”, which seeks to undermine it, Johnson led by three deputy chiefs of mission, the diplomat said that in the United States. The ambassador to France, Jamie McCourt, the former CEO of the team Los Angeles Dodgers baseball, involves suspects allegedly similar, said a deputy suspected that some of their employees were part of the deep state. He declined to regular meetings to stick with their country’s squad because, according to officials in Paris and Washington. As Johnson said a diplomat, McCourt has had three deputies. This count is crowned by Jeffrey Ross Gunter, Trump ambassador in Iceland, which are currently being sorted seventh deputy and not long ago by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a new phone in its place from his home in Southern California had. Gunter, the special among other security measures in Reykjavik called one of the safest cities in the world, the State Department has a number of deputies of rotation for him, two familiar current officials decorated with the situation with the job so difficult to say. These problems are symptoms of a larger problem. “The depletion of the State Department and the methodological career competence marginalization is an exercise in narcissism policymakers are not formed one by the rule of law and informed by facts and experiences,” Burns, now president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said to ‘beginning of this year. “The greatest danger is that digging affect our image abroad.”
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