Trump – Who’s the puppet?

President Trump appeared to enjoy slamming the “girls” last week in Europe. If he hadn’t already spit venom at the male leaders of Mexico, Canada, and France, one might think he was sexist.

I don’t have enough knowledge of international relations to have formed opinions, but I’m spilling over with questions.

To start with, why did President Trump tell the NATO chief that Germany is a puppet of Russia? Apparently upset about a natural gas line under construction between the two countries, he said Russia supplies 50 percent of Germany’s energy today and would soon supply 60 to 70 percent.

Admittedly, the majority of people might believe those numbers, but Jens Stoltenberg undoubtedly knows better.

Germany reached its 2020 goal of getting over 35 percent of its energy from renewables three years early.  (The U.S. gets about 11 percent of its energy from renewables.)

The country is still far short, however, of its goal for cutting pollutants. The new pipeline will allow Germany to substitute imports of natural gas for those of higher polluting coal and oil (https://energytransition.org/2018/01/german-energy-consumption-2017/).  The overall percent supplied by Russia may not increase at all.

So why the “puppet of Russia” remark? Was President Trump misinformed?  Does he fear that Russia might interrupt natural gas supply lines easier than those for coal and oil?  Did he hope to push Germany to buy higher-priced liquid natural gas from the United States?

Or did the President want to divert attention from his own Russia problem, super-fueled recently by his insistence on meeting with Prime Minister Putin without another American present?

Questions certainly surround that meeting.  Will the two leaders be planning the sabotage of the 2018 elections–or simply the long-stalled Trump Hotel in Moscow?  Or, after the meeting with the North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, is Trump anxious that no others can question his claims of progress and victory?

Has a U.S. President ever met with a foreign head of state without someone there to take notes?

Trump’s attack on United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May was more personal and more apt to have consequences than that on Germany’s leader.

A trio of May’s cabinet recently resigned in protest of a proposed agreement defining the UK’s relationship with the European Union when it is no longer a member.  The three want to break all ties with the EU.

According to The Sun, Trump said, “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one people voted on…I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me…I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way.”

He added that, if the proposal goes into effect, the UK won’t get the favorable deal with the U.S. he has semi-promised.  And Boris Johnson, one of the departing trio, would make a great prime minister.

It was, as CNN said,  “an astonishing political knifing.” Most astonishing, actually, because May has been one of the few leaders openly amenable to Trump. Imagine if May suggested we replace Trump over his dealings with Canada and Mexico.

And it’s doubly disturbing because evidence indicates that the Russians interfered with the UK’s vote to leave the EU with the same tools it used in our 2016 presidential election.

The hot questions are: Was Trump’s attack on PM May done at Putin’s bidding?  Is Russia pushing Boris Johnson for prime minister?

And why does President Trump continually create new grounds for such questions?

Note this editorial by Judy Ferro published by Idaho Press – 2018

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