As global efforts to watch superpowers match the efforts of many poorer countries to control the coronavirus pandemic, the decline of the United States in global dignity is becoming an international horror show.
When President Donald Trump served for three and a half years, he changed the international reputation of the United States and perhaps his future role. This was sworn on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on January 20, 2017. It seems unimaginable when taking the job.
He set the tone in the drizzle that day: “We must protect our borders from other countries producing our products, robbing our company and destroying our work.”
Trump’s early decisions were intentional, turbulent, and sometimes seemed dizzy.
Three days after taking office, he gave up the “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement”, which is a potentially profitable 12-nation Pacific trade agreement. Executive Order No. 13769 was quickly implemented, prohibiting citizens of seven Muslim countries from traveling to the United States.
Therefore, when the leaders of the European Union held an emergency summit in Malta in February 2017, they were very reminded of “America First”. Donald Tusk, President of the Council of the European Union, wrote to EU leaders: “The changes in Washington have left the EU in trouble; the new government seems to have questioned the foreign policy of the United States over the past 70 years.”
The European patriarch, often a moral compass, Angela Merkel declared: “Europe has its own destiny. I believe that the more clearly we show how we define our role in the world, the better Take care of our transatlantic relationship.”
Three months later-on his first overseas trip-Trump proved Merkel right. At the NATO headquarters in Belgium on May 25, the President not only attacked Merkel on Germany’s trade performance, but also criticized his allies for failing to meet NATO’s funding goals, but also shocked his colleagues and disdain Gu, who surpassed the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dusco Markovic, and thanked him very much. The handshake of the new French President Emmanuel Macron.
The coup at his NATO headquarters that day failed to support the founding principle of the alliance, namely Article 5, under which the alliance was obliged to protect each of its members.
After three and a half years of Trump turmoil, senior NATO people privately worried that Trump’s second term may lead to the “effective end” of NATO. Two weeks ago, when Trump announced the withdrawal of 9,500 soldiers from German bases, these concerns became the focus. Angela Merkel was not notified.
Last week, a senior NATO source told me that if Trump is re-elected, it will be “extremely bad news” and may “fundamentally contribute to the alliance.” It will not cease to exist, but the concept of transatlantic deterrence will “no longer fit the purpose.”
The source said that Trump’s proposal is “very real, this is a lot of troops.” This marks a bigger problem, “can’t rely on the United States.”
Unilateral tendencies, often in good faith, have been trademarks of Trump’s first term. His doctrine of American first, multilateralism to the end has shifted Washington from the global center of gravity established as a generation of American policymakers to an unreliable centrifugal force, with the risk of dispersing democratic forces.
In the capitals of the world, Trump’s influence has become an endless hangover. The global village is in a semi-permanent rotation, and geopolitical furniture rarely appears the night before.
Urgent international issues-climate change, the economic collapse of coronavirus and its threats, and China’s unstoppable rise-are crumbling.
How many Americans are “overwhelmed” can no longer be hidden. In terms of international cooperation, like the White House, Europe may now stand with China. Especially because Trump is completely unpredictable in Syria, North Korea, trade or NATO.
In January, Trump praised China’s handling of Covid-19. He said: “I think our relationship has never been as good as it is now. Now, we are working closely with them to deal with the emerging virus.”
But by the end of April, the White House hopes that China will be severely punished for failing to warn the world about the pandemic.
In a vote at the World Health Organization’s annual meeting last month, Europe resisted pressure from the United States to investigate how China should respond to the epidemic, while Trump accused WHO of China’s up.
Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister, said it was like “a post-observation American world. A confident, confident China with a clear strategic approach. The EU is trying to save the aftermath of global cooperation. A disruptive United States is more keen To fight against China rather than against it. COVID19, “Bildt Tweet
To make matters worse, Trump’s own actions made his views against the virus almost worthless. Not only did he recommend taking bleach or taking the drug hydroxychloroquine according to most health guidelines. However, contrary to China, the United States is failing its people.
If Covid-19 is Trump’s only crisis, the world may be more tolerant. But during his presidency, he was more shaken than any recent predecessor.
He withdrew from the Global Climate Change Agreement and withdrew from JCPOA. Multilateral agreements limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions, start a trade war with China, and are brewing with Europe. He teased the conflict with Iran and was in a turbulent relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, and had disputes with most major multinational institutions such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Most importantly, he seems to have little ability to criticize powerful dictators. Under his observation, both China and Russia have become the lifelong leaders of President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin.
Before Independence Day next week, the United States may be more lonely than it has been in decades. Trump has cut off many bonds that limit the country’s compliance with expected international norms, but this is harming the rest of the world.
But Trump’s unorthodox unreliability may have been encountered in Covid-19. Unlike many other leaders, viruses cannot be threatened. As the number of infected people in more than 30 U.S. states has risen, the world’s willingness to turn a blind eye to the apparent failure of the United States President is quickly disappearing.
As the world’s largest economy, America’s failure to contain a pandemic will affect us all. In recent history, the rest of the world is more important than the adjustment of US routes.
Except for the extremely unlikely thing (Trump admitted that he failed to guide the United States to respond to Covid 19), Washington’s allies will have to wait until November to be released.