While Trump Has Childish Feuds With Anchors & Mainstream Media, The Rest Of The World Moves On Without Him
While Donald Trump has attacked the hosts of Morning Joe and posted a doctored WWE pro wrestling video of him punching CNN, the rest of the world dismissive of Trump and any prospect of US global leadership under his presidency moves on. The implications of this cannot be understated. While Trump’s America looks to withdraw from the world spurning international trade agreements, climate change initiatives, and alienating even the staunchest of American allies, other world leaders are filling the Trump vacuum with initiatives and agreements of their own.
In the days leading up to the G20 summit, China and Mexico who bore the brunt of Trump’s harsh rhetoric in threatening to hit them with import tariffs, to withdraw from NAFTA, and Mexico paying for his border wall, announced their collective intention to engage in a free trade agreement. Mexico is accelerating trade talks with the European Union to update an agreement. Both sides hope to finish talks by the end of this year. Mexican officials also want stronger ties to Argentina and Brazil. Those two nations produce two big products — corn and soy — that Mexico mostly buys from the United States. The message is clear – if Trump stays his course, Mexico is ready to look elsewhere.
As Trump joins only Syria in its decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, China, the EU, and India pledge their commitments to lead in our stead. As Trump boasts about rolling back Obama era fuel efficiency requirements for the auto industry and pledges to bring the coal industry back its past prominence, Chinese owned auto maker Volvo announces that they will no longer manufacture gas only cars by 2019, transitioning to gas-electric hybrids and electric only cars. China has a goal to add 5 million electric cars to its populace by 2020 and India pledges to be selling only electric cars by 2030.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the standard bearer of the of the EU and the capable leader the world is looking to lead the G20 stated this ahead of the summit reflecting on Trump’s trade policies: “While we are looking at the possibilities of cooperation to benefit everyone, globalization is seen by the American administration more as a process that is not about a win-win situation but about winners and losers.”
Across the board, as the modern world looks for their best collective paths forward in a global economy that seeks mutual gain and acknowledging the danger of man made global warning. Trump, on the other hand, looks within to past failed policies of isolation, protectionism, and rejects 97% of world wide scientific consensus about the existential threat about global warming.