- The actions of Trump are leading towards the destruction of NATO. It appears Trump is playing a cunning game to destroy the Globalist institution called NATO. This is consistent with his view that NATO is obsolete and a waste of US taxpayer monies. See also:
Trump Derides NATO as ‘Obsolete.’ Baltic Nations See It Much Differently.
Will Trump Make NATO Obsolete?
Trump worries Nato with ‘obsolete’ comment
President Trump Reportedly Wants Allies to Pay Full Cost of Hosting U.S. Troops Abroad ‘Plus 50%’
US may demand ‘allies’ pay 150% for privilege of hosting troops
- Trump Planning “Economy Crippling” Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 Purchase
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
With Turkey’s purchase of the Russia S-400 missile-defense system looking like a done deal, the Trump Administration, which claims it already made Ankara its ‘best offer’ on the US Patriot missile-defense system, is trading the carrot for the stick and, in a non-too-subtle message to Erdogan and his senior advisors, warned that, if Turkey goes ahead with the purchase, the US will drive Turkey’s nascent defense industry into ruin with CAATSA.
Just days after Turkish officials warned that the S-400 purchase was as good as done, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Trump is feeling ‘bipartisan’ pressure from Congressional leaders to impose CAATSA sanctions against Turkey, and the administration has devised three plans for retaliation.
Since technically any country that buys defense equipment from Russia is eligible for American sanctions, Congressional leaders are reportedly arguing that there’s no legal reason to excuse Turkey from the sanctions (which appear to be applied on an ad hoc basis, seeing as America’s idle threats haven’t stopped India and others).
The last time Trump took an aggressive tack with Turkey, he came away with the win: everybody who insists that punitive tariffs don’t work should first remember Turkey’s decision to release pastor Andrew Brunson, made after Washington doubled metal tariffs on the country in August and slapped sanctions on two senior government officials. The result? Brunson was released shortly afterward.
And Trump is hoping the strategy will work again, though, so far at least, Turkey has shown no indication that it plans to back down.