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10 Reasons why Donald Trump Should Lose the Elections in November

Elections are approaching in the United States, and incumbent President Donald Trump will have to roll up his sleeves if he wants to win because his country is in chaos.

Although it seemed that his re-election was practically inevitable, the events that marked the past and the beginning of this year show that his chair in the White House shook dangerously.

What are the problems that Trump has faced?

1. Covid-19

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In the first place – the coronavirus. Since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, America has recorded a record of 1,816,897 cases of infection, 105,557 deaths, and 535,238 recovers, according to Worldofmeters.com. In all three categories, the United States is on the first place of this blacklist and makes about a fifth of the total 6,172,302 cases of infection globally, while the share of deaths is about a third.

2. WHO

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He then announced on April 15 that he was suspending WHO funding. He accused the world organization of promoting “Chinese disinformation.” He assessed that this led to a greater spread of the “Chinese virus” epidemic, as Trump calls it than would otherwise have happened.

At the press conference, Trump said that the United States will sever relations with the WHO and that the funds intended for that organization will be redirected to others.

The pandemic, however, did not only affect the trade war. Unemployment has been recorded in the United States, which has not been remembered since the Great Depression. In April, more than 20 million Americans lost their jobs, and the unemployment rate was more than three times higher since the coronavirus pandemic shook the global economy.

3. CHINA

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Trade and the coronavirus are not the only fields of conflict between the US and China. The second hotspot is the South China Sea. China has excellent territorial pretensions and the United States now and then lets a warship to cruise the disputed waters, invoking the principle of freedom of navigation. Such “provocations” are frequent on both sides, and it is not expected that these conflicts will subside soon.

As for Taiwan, the situation changed significantly in June last year, when the United States made it clear that Taiwan was an independent state. Then, the Chinese Minister of Defense, Wei Feng, said that the Chinese army would react if someone dared to separate Taiwan from China.

4. OPEN SKY

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Trump, who considers himself a “great negotiator,” has so far withdrawn his country from so many agreements that it seems that the United States will remain an isolated island in the ocean of the international community.

He announced on May 21 that the United States would withdraw from the international Open Skies agreement in half a year, allowing unarmed, reconnaissance flights over the signatory countries. This time, Trump shifted the blame for that to Russia, stating that it is violating the agreement and that the recordings made during the flights can be obtained faster and cheaper from American or commercial satellites.

5. CLIMATE AGREEMENT

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In June 2017, Trump announced that his country was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gases, shifting the blame to Russia again. He said that Russia did not respect the agreement and that the United States would withdraw from it immediately.

The United States thus began the process of withdrawing from the climate agreement in November last year, of which it formally informed the UN – the withdrawal will take effect in a year.

6. AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

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In early May 2018, Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from Iran’s nuclear agreement, signed during the time of his predecessor, Barack Obama. He also announced that he would impose economic sanctions on Iran, which were lifted in 2015 after the signing of the “rotten” agreement, as he called it. A year later, Iran also announced a “partial withdrawal.”

7. AGREEMENT INF

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The United States announced the decision to withdraw from the Agreement on Medium-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) on February 1 last year, leaving Russia a deadline to correct the violation of the agreement or the withdrawal will be permanent, as Trump stated.

This agreement is especially important because it represents the cornerstone of international security since the United States and the Soviet Union signed it in 1987. It bans the development and use of ground-based nuclear weapons with a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers.

8. NATO

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Trump also has a problem with the military alliance. His administration decided in November last year to reduce the financing of the NATO budget from 22 to 16 percent of the total amount. The losses will have to be compensated by Europe and Canada.

Trump has repeatedly insisted and criticized individual members – like Germany – to increase their contributions to two percent of GDP. Germany has agreed to increase its spending, but in 2031, and currently, only six countries in the NATO coffers allocate two percent of GDP – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Greece, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

9. G7

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Today, the American president postponed the G7 summit, which was supposed to be held in June, at least until September. He said that he wanted to invite Russia, Australia, India, and South Korea to that gathering. He believed that the group of the most industrially developed countries no longer represented what was happening in the world.

10. PROTESTS IN THE USA

A new problem faced by the Trump administration on the eve of the election is fierce, violent protests across the United States over the death of African-American George Floyd during a police arrest. Protests spread to several cities, from New York to Los Angeles, and curfews were introduced in 25 places in 16 states.

Trump and his Democratic rival in the presidential election, Joseph Biden, also spoke with Floyd’s family. Although Trump did not reveal details, the brother of the deceased Philonis Floyd said that their conversation was “speedy”.

– He didn’t even give me a chance to speak. It was difficult, “said Philonis, adding that he then turned to Biden, asking him to bring justice in the event of his brother’s death.

Rising rates of the contest: Huawei Appeals to the Court for the USA

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Recently the US authorities have forbidden national agencies to collaborate with companies, that use the equipment of Huawei Technologies (HT). It followed that HT appealed to the Texas District Court claiming that the US authorities are acting illegally, and the imposed limitations are unconstitutional. Guo Ping, a company executive, noted that the National Congress did not give any proofs to support the accusations.

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The company considers unconstitutional the prohibitions to US national structures from buying HT equipment, appealing section 889 of the National Defense Act. Meanwhile, private companies of different size are asked to use reliable communication systems or even try free sip account as provided here.

Growing Support

The US authorities have called other governments to abandon the company`s equipment when creating fifth-generation mobile networks for security reasons. In their opinion, the company can collaborate with the intelligence service of China and use its equipment for cyber espionage. Also, US defense experts have expressed concerns about the company’s involvement in the submarine cables laying. They believe that the Government of China will be able to intercept traffic and even interfere with the Internet work with the HT equipment.

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 NATO`s Respond

NATO is aware of the potential “security implications” of using Chinese 5G infrastructure and is currently evaluating possible risks.  Close consultations on this issue, in particular, the security of investments in 5G networks are holding,” stated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, said that the North Atlantic Alliance could break the link with its German counterparts if they decide to work with HT in developing 5G.

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Submarine Communication Cables

Struggling for the global networks control opened a new front in the US-China relationship. US defense experts are concerned about the vulnerability of submarine cable systems, which can be used for espionage. As Huawei is involved in the creation of the system, the situation becomes even more complicated.

While the United States take measures against HT to prevent it from creating 5G mobile communication networks, it is strengthening position in creating a submarine cables system that carries almost the entire amount of Internet information. Joe Kelly, a spokesperson for Huawei, noticed that the company is privately owned and “no government has ever asked for anything that would endanger its customers or business.”

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 Plans for Future

The Chinese company has developed its own operating system in case of inability to use the Android OS and Windows due to a conflict with the US authorities.

The techno giant began its work on creating an alternative OS in 2012. It was a necessary measure for responding to the US investigation over HT and ZTE activities, suspected of spying for Beijing’s Government.

Huawei Technologies is still one of the world’s largest telecom companies. The annual revenue of the company reaches $ 100 billion, and net profit is over $ 7 billion.

America First is All That’s Left to Donald Trump

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How much can you harm the United States as its president in a time span of one week? Donald Trump had a lot of work to do, and he took us on a tour of diplomatic destructions, which was shocking, but not that much surprising as one is led to believe.

First of all, POTUS humiliated the NATO allies. He obviously has an issue to differentiate a friend from a foe and this behavior towards our long-time partners is inexplicable. Secondly, Trump met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and missed the opportunity to criticize him for the involvement of Russian hackers in the US elections and thus defend the Constitution of the United States and do his job for once.

With performance at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium and his meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, the US president showed the world that he no longer wants to wait in his deconstruction of the US foreign policy. And no matter what the others around him do, stopping the man at the helm of the most powerful country of the world from wreaking havoc is a mission impossible.

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From the presidential election and the Trump’s inauguration, we could have assumed what lied in store for the American people. Trump’s presidency is a big stress test for everyone involved, especially the leadership of the country. So far, the US policy was to advance the American interests in a global environment in which the United States, together with its allies and like-minded nations could prosper. However, with the arrival of the new president, there has been a slight change of plans.

According to Trump, the system the United States has constructed, something that previous presidents worked on diligently, is harming the country itself. Now he wants to demolish the system he doesn’t like and create a new one which will be more beneficial to the US. However, what has guided his diplomacy up to this point are his unassailable faith in deal-making abilities and the admiration he has for himself. These are all ingredients for defeat.

Currently, US military cooperation with NATO is as robust as at any time since the Cold War ended. There still hasn’t been a meaningful diplomatic reconciliation with Russia which is under heavy sanctions. In fact, the US and NATO presence have been strengthened in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, POTUS wanted to withdraw the US forces from Afghanistan and South Korea, but luckily, he has been dissuaded, at least temporarily. On top of that, as the time passes, Trump is more prone to making foolish decisions.

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He keeps reverting to his instincts no matter what the issue is – from the Iran nuclear deal to trade tariffs. He tries to approach Russia whereas he constantly bashes the US allies, without even thinking how this could backfire. Furthermore, he is no longer relying on his aides as much as before and even Secretary of Defense James Mattis is out of favor, according to several reports.

But Trump criticizing his allies and praising the dictator of a county is not something that happens for the first time. Now it is the NATO and Putin, and POTUS also had a shameful display at the G-7 summit recently, after which he praised a tyrant Kim Jong-un, North Korean dictator. With this foreign policy, Donald Trump is slowly but surely burning down the bridges until America remains stranded. Sure, America First policy is an option and the path this administration chose to follow, which many people have nothing against, but the way things are handled gives us a reason to worry. The US foreign policy could endure four years under Trump, with repairs required after that. However, eight years of such policy would force the next president to go with America First (Only) approach. Eight years is a long time, but now, even 2021 seems out of reach.

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Helsinki summit – Putin and Trump one on one!

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Well, the US President Donald Trump has landed in Finland on Sunday night, and the long-awaited Helsinki summit has finally started. What is a bit surprising is that Trump fell under a lot of criticism from his own government because he failed to address and condemn the alleged Russian hacking that took place in the 2016 elections. But, since that is sort of “old news,” everyone is preparing for the meeting the two of the most powerful world leaders are going to have today.

This summit has been long overdue, and it comes right after the end of what turned out to be a truly tough diplomatic week over in Europe where POTUS openly criticised NATO military allies and Britain’s prime minister. All of this, of course, made Washington very concerned about the way that Trump will treat Putin during their talks, especially since we all know that he is a bit of a loose cannon. What really stuck in everyone’s ear is the fact that on Sunday Trump openly called their longstanding allies in the EU a “foe.”

As you already know, POTUS very openly categorized all the allegations of Russian intervening in the election and collusion with his campaign as a “witch hunt” but he also promised that he would ask Putin to extradite 12 Russian military intelligence officers, who were accused by US prosecutors of hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails. Thanks to the fact that these indictments came on Friday just before this summit, we now have a huge pressure on the US president to criticize his Russian colleague right there in Helsinki.

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The interesting thing happened this morning just before the meeting of these two presidents, and it was the fact that Trump basically blamed the former US president Obama for the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, where he won over Hillary Clinton. Trump went to Twitter and stated “President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt.” Of course, this Tweet brought a huge mess right onto Washington’s front door which is exactly why the US lawmakers have suggested the US president should cancel the summit. The Russians, on the other hand, defend themselves by stating that the allegations were unfounded and basically were a political tool with which the US government is trying to derail the bilateral talks.

CBS approached president Trump and asked him to comment on his “biggest foe globally right now,” and surprisingly right beside Russia and China (who are on this list for years), somehow EU made it as well. Trump said “The EU is a foe, what they do to us in trade . . . Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad.” John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, confirmed for us that the president has been briefed about the indictments of the Russian intelligence agents and stated: “I think the president can put this on the table and say, this is a serious matter that we need to talk about.”

Bolton also stated that it is “hard to believe” that Putin and his state had nothing to do with the 2016 election and that this issue will be something that Trump will raise directly. He continued by saying “That’s what one of the purposes of this meeting is, so the president can see eye to eye with President Putin and ask him about it.” He continued by adding that he does not expect that anything will be resolved with these talks and that they will be basically “unstructured.”

There is also another reason for this summit, and it is hidden behind the fact that both of these superpowers are trying to restart their bilateral exchanges in any form possible, with talks on Syria, Ukraine and arms control, but most of the world (unfortunately) has its expectations set pretty low.

US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, went on as much to claim that it is even wrong to categorize this meeting of the leaders as a summit. Nevertheless, what everyone is talking about, this meeting is definitely a win in Russia’s books, especially when we think about the fact that the relations between US and Russia have hit the all-time worse and the fact that some European countries are trying to diplomatically isolate Moscow.

Trump’s No Love For NATO Can Help Putin

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Looking at all that has been said by President Trump regarding NATO it is clear that he doesn’t appreciate all that much the alliance and what it has done since its inception in terms of preserving democracy and peace all the way from World War II.

It is clear that the new president doesn’t see the alliance the way his predecessors looked at it. What NATO managed to achieve over these last few decades of its existence is to hold off Russia, contain Germany’s expansionism, projecting American power and securing democracy on the Old Continent and all over the world. It looks like he doesn’t remember all those boys that went to Europe in two world wars and he clearly doesn’t appreciate the fact that there weren’t any major conflicts on the EU soil since the NATO has been established.

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Before becoming the president of the US, Trump was a businessman, and it appears that he looks at the alliance as a contracting service requesting other members to pay a lot more than they are paying at this moment. Here is what Nicholas Burns, former US Ambassador to NATO stated regarding presidents politics: “I felt the President treated the NATO allies almost with contempt.” He continued by adding “It is important that we not normalize this. He is the first American president since Harry Truman … to not believe that NATO is central to American national security interests.”

Knowing all this, it is unclear what is the main goal of POTUS and what he wants to do with America’s long-time allies. On top of that, he is set to meet with Russian President Putin in Helsinki on Monday, right after the summit with NATO.

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For other NATO countries, it is important to take Trump’s words seriously as he is the most important leader in the alliance. The good thing is that he already announced that other members are already increasing their spending which makes him satisfied.

While we do not think that the US will leave the alliance, there is no doubt that this type of behavior is damaging its power level. On top of that, all disputes between traditional allies are allowing Putin to strengthen the position of Russia in other regions and impose governments that are either controlled by Kremlin or are more eager to work with them.

Trump’s trip to Europe: “America First” is “America Alone”?

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US President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels for NATO summit with a message that it is time for America to stops paying Europe’s bills. Even though his complaint is not new to the European leaders, it is becoming quite disturbing.

Before flying to Europe to attend NATO summit, which will start on Wednesday, he tweeted:

“Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!”

And later,

“NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!”

Trump’s irritation with the alliance and inability of many NATO’s members to set their military budgets to the 2 percent of the gross domestic product will shadow the summit completely.

Europeans are concerned about Trump connecting the two issues, a position where he is misunderstanding how the alliances work. Stefano Stefanini, a former Italian ambassador to NATO, noted that “if it is really a threat linking security to trade, that can destroy the basis of NATO.”

The Washington Post’s editorial board wrote that “it is not only the fear that Trump will spoil the “unity” of the summit, before flying to a rather friendlier meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that he is prone on wrecking a multilateral organisations he considers outdated.”

We could already see POTUS refusing to cooperate with the U.S. allies on issues including climate change, trade, and the Iran deal. Among those are French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump’s tariffs on European steel and aluminum, are most likely to cause a trade war.

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Before going to Helsinki, for his first formal meeting with Putin, Trump will travel to Britain for a meeting with Theresa May, the British Prime Minister.

Even though Trump’s administration insists that “America First” doesn’t mean “America Alone,” progressively it is.

Thinking that NATO summit will only be POTUS’ stop before his meeting with Putin, which he considers “the easiest of them all,” Rachel Rizzo of the Center for New American Security in Washington wrote:

“Because the meeting occurs after the NATO summit, any achievements in Brussels could be easily wiped out by promises Trump makes to Putin on a whim. Given Trump’s negotiating style, allies are rightly concerned that he may tell Putin that he will remove some U.S. troops from Eastern Europe, or halt U.S. participation in NATO exercises as a sign of good will. This would send European allies into a frenzy.”

A senior NATO diplomat told Birnbaum that there is a fear Trump could recognize Russian’s annexation of Crimea and the issue would make valid some other action, which is a scary thing if you think about it.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said that allies started to increase national defense spending, and Europe is doing more for its own security. It is not a secret that there are differences between European countries about trade, climate change, and Iran nuclear deal, but they are still united and like that, stronger.

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Some analysts believe that Europe’s effort to strengthen its defenses will never satisfy Trump and that he will always ask for more. He doesn’t even think America should defend Europe so why paying them at all?

Donald Tusk, European Council President, in his speech on Tuesday, addressed to Trump saying “America does not and will not have a better ally than Europe,” noting that EU is spending more on defense than Russia or China and that POTUS should think better who is a strategic friend and who is a strategic problem.

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Trump To Get Played By Putin?

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It has been confirmed that the US President Donald Trump will meet Russian President, Vladimir Putin on July 16, in Helsinki. This summit comes at an awkward moment when America is pretty much destroying its long-built relations with allies all over the world.

All this is happening while the US intelligence agencies are claiming that Moscow has meddled with 2016 elections from one side, and from the other, Trump tweeting: “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!” POTUS also said numerous times how there was no foul play by Kremlin.

Just before Trump goes to meet with Putin, he will sit down with 29 members of NATO for talks that will be held in Brussels. America wants other members to spend more money on the military alliance needs, but that is not all. NATO was created in 1949 since West needed something that would counter Moscow influence both politically and more importantly military. Many, Trump included, are questioning the missions of the alliance.

If we take a look at the economic aspect of Trump’s politics, it is clear that leaving the G-7 meeting in such manner like POTUS did, might not be beneficial for the US or its allies. What many noticed is that Trump, later on, talked about the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as someone who is “very dishonest and weak.” And if you remember, he praised Kim Jong Un, North Korean Dictator. Something similar could happen with Putin, as we do expect for him to be praised by his American colleague.

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It has been clear for so many years that no country can prosper alone, and therefore, everyone needs allies. As a result of that, both NATO and G-7 were created, and now, some of the moves that were made by Trump are threatening to destabilize these two organizations giving more room for Moscow and Beijing to increase their influence on the world scene.

Looking at the relationship that POTUS has with other world leaders, it seems that he is getting along far better with Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin than with any of the US-allied leaders. With the summit between the two leaders, Putin will get praises from his counterpart thus significantly improving his and Russia’s image after annexing Crimea, military conflict in Syria, and tampering with the US elections, all that happened in the last few years.

Another thing that Putin will want is the relief from US sanctions and while we don’t think that this will happen, improving the relationship between Washington and Moscow will certainly help them.

There are several topics that will be cowered by Trump and Putin, and those include Syria, Crimea, Ukraine, sanctions, arms race, etc.

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Trump and Putin – possible meeting in mid-July

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The Presidents of the USA and Russia, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, are planning to meet in mid-July when president Trump visits the UK for NATO summit, says the diplomatic source. Even though Trump’s administration insisted that the meeting should be held in Washington, Moscow decided that the talks should be on neutral ground. The representatives said that it would probably be Vienna, but no official announcement has been made.

The National Security Council confirmed that John Bolton, White House national security adviser, is scheduled to visit Moscow later this month, to discuss the potential meeting between two leaders. The spokesperson of the National Security Council didn’t want to comment on president’s plans for the summit.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, welcomed the potential meeting, calling this summit “important,” and also saying that “NATO is in favour of dialogue.”

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Putin and Trump have already met twice, and the Russian President says that he talks with Trump regularly over the phone, which was confirmed by White House readouts of the calls. Two leaders spoke eight times over the phone.

Due to the investigation about potential ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign associates, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, the relationship between the two leaders has been under supervision.

Whiles the USA President suggested that Russia should be reinstated to the G7, the Congress pressured Trump’s administration to impose sanctions on Moscow for its “election interference,” including individuals mentioned in Miller’s investigation.

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