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Trump Foreign Policy, Nigel Farage, Vladimir Putin, and the E.U.

The Donald Trump foreign policy strategy, even before he is inaugurated, is AWESOME!

While everyone mocked or reviled the Trump foreign policy positions, I couldn’t be happier with how things are going. In the first place, rather than go to war with Russia to defend terrorists, Trump plans to work with Vladimir Putin to destroy ISIS.

According to the Mirror,

President-elect Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have vowed to tackle ISIS together after holding breakthrough talks on the telephone.

Less than a week after the billionaire’s election, the Kremlin said Putin called Trump yesterday to begin negotiations over how best to tackle to terrorism.

The Russian is reported to have said he is ready for dialogue with the US “on the basis of mutual respect, non-intervention into each other’s internal affairs”.

According to the news agency Kremlin, Putin and Trump have agreed to “work to channel bilateral relationships into constructive cooperation, to combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism, and to continue contact by telephone and to work towards meeting in person.”

Not all news reports are so positive (Drudge linked the Mirror article). Here’s RT’s more nuanced report:

We’ll see what happens, but this was a good start.

Even better, Donald Trump met with Nigel Farage while the E.U. tried to hold an “emergency meeting” to respond to Donald Trump. Mike Shedlock writes,

The EU is in total disarray if not outright panic after calling an emergency meeting regarding Donald Trump.

Amusingly, the UK, France, and Hungary snubbed the meeting. And over the weekend Donald Trump met with Nigel Farage, poking a fiery stick right in the EU’s eyes.

Trump’s presidency is off to a great start.

He quotes from the Financial Times,

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson dropped out of the Brussels meeting, with officials arguing that it created an air of panic, while French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault opted to stay in Paris to meet the new UN secretary-general. Hungary’s foreign minister boycotted the meeting, labelling the response from some EU leaders as “hysterical”.

Mr Johnson’s refusal to attend will add to an already difficult relationship with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has told colleagues that he cannot bear to be in the same room as the British foreign secretary.

It is no surprise that Hungary refused to participate in what was essentially an anti-Trump meeting. The Prime Minister all but endorsed Trump because of his stance on immigration and terrorism. With Donald Trump as our Commander-in-Chief, the country will no longer have to listen to a U.S. ambassador lecturing the Hungarian legislature on accepting Muslim migrants. Rather than backing the E.U.’s mandate that member nations commit cultural suicide, the President will support each nation controlling its own borders.

So even before he has become President, Donald Trump’s election is already showing promise of a new world order—one that is much superior to the world order supported by Barack Obama.

This election wasn’t just about Donald Trump or America. The “America First” platform encourages Brexit and discourages unnecessary conflict with Russia. This may be the most momentous international event since the demise of the Soviet Union.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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