Donald Trump is getting his way. This time, G20 finance ministers submitted to key U.S. anti-globalist proposals. At the 19-against-1 meeting, U.S. representatives sat on the opposite side of the aisle from other nations. Under Trump, America has embraced protectionist economics and has denied global warming. The administration has also pushed back against neoconservative free trade agreements like NAFTA, which has had disastrous effects on American Rust Belt states.
Trump ran on the promise of smart trade and America-first policies, prompting anger from many neoconservatives like Glenn Beck. Beck featured a guest on his show, Brad Thor, who denounced Trump’s “isolationism” and declared that a “patriot” may have to assassinate Trump to stop him. Beck was later suspended for this segment of his show.
U.S. Stands Up to Bad, Globalist Policies and Global Warming at the G20
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin trumpeted the President’s new economic strategies.
The United States’ objections to longstanding G20 solidarity on free trade and anti-protectionism were not received well by the international community. Despite this, the G20 dropped a clause of their pledge stating they would “resist all forms of protectionism.”
The new pledge states: “We are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies. We will strive to reduce excessive global imbalances, promote greater inclusiveness and fairness and reduce inequality in our pursuit of economic growth.”
This is a major win for the United States and Donald Trump at the beginning of his presidency.
The G20 also dropped language from its pledge that endorsed climate change. Donald Trump has been a vocal critic of man-made climate change and believes China is using the issue to force the U.S. to pay more. It is true that U.S. taxpayers have paid 500 million dollars to the U.N. for its environmental programs meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions, far more than any other country.
Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvany was frank about the administration’s distaste for climate change.
“We consider that to be a waste of money,” said Mulvaney.
The U.S. Finally Calls Out Merkel for Failing to Pay NATO Expenses
Contention at the G20 comes at the same time the U.S. accused Germany of not paying a fair share to finance NATO. Initially, Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to meet the country’s obligation to finance NATO, but later German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen rejected President Donald Trump’s claim, stating:
There is no debt account at NATO. Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism.”
Trump had previously tweeted that Germany must pay more to the United States for NATO expenses. In August 2016, a CNN article documented that Germany consistently fails to meet its obligation. Meanwhile, the U.S. pays almost two times its obligation for the defense of Europe.
…vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017
Clearly, von der Leyen is trying to divert attention from Germany’s shortcoming on NATO. Germany pays about 1.18% of its GDP, well below a requirement of 2%.