Recently, a video of the NATO summit circulated on social networks where France’s President Emmanuel Macron is seen along with other world leaders in what could be interpreted as a sort of mockery in reference to President Donald Trump.
President Trump traveled to England this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and again the president demanded that military alliance partners allocate 2% of GDP to their defense budget.
The former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, highlighted the reasons why European leaders such as Macron or German Chancellor Angela Merkel are “jealous” of President Trump.
First of all he pointed out that Macron has half of President Trump’s approval rating (a massive demonstration against him is expected in France this weekend), while German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is breaking up threatening to take her from power.
In his opinion column published Saturday in Fox News, Gingrich noted that these European leaders “resent” President Trump basically for “three profound reasons.”
First, he said, “more than any president since Ronald Reagan, President Trump represents American values and American interests.” That is why, he said, President Trump expects other leaders to defend their own country’s interests.
Second, Gingrich highlighted the strength of President Trump’s economy, Europe’s economy is in “bad shape.”
It is worth noting that on Friday the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the country added 266,000 new jobs in November reaching the lowest unemployment level in 50 years.
Finally, he stressed that the United States spends much more on defense than Germany, NATO’s second largest economy.
“Everyone recognizes that the American military is more powerful than the rest of NATO combined. This leads to jealousy rather than respect,” said Gingrich.
Also, since taking office in January 2017, President Trump has demanded that European countries allocate a greater percentage to the organization’s expenses.
It is worth mentioning that, unlike his predecessors George W. Bush and Barack Obama, President Trump managed to get NATO members to increase their defense spending.
In fact, President Trump managed to get the Atlantic Treaty to add an extra $130 billion in contributions.
“Jealousy is a significant factor in the foreign leaders’ response to President Trump,” Gingrich concluded.
Biden stands for a ‘weak’ America and President Trump for a ‘strong’ America
In his column, Gingrich also highlighted the foreign policy differences between President Trump and his eventual Democratic rival Joe Biden in next year’s elections.
Specifically, he referred to a fundraising email from Democratic candidate Joe Biden where he describes, “Did you see the video of our friends and allies in London this week? World leaders were LAUGHING at the President of the United States, after he once again embarrassed himself and tarnished the reputation of the United States at a summit.”
Indeed, Gingrich noted that while Biden promises to have policies “that would lead President Emmanuel Macron of France to like him,” he is surprised by “the Democrats’ desperate desire to be loved by foreigners.”
“Biden is faithfully representing the left’s desire for a weak America—loved by foreigners while failing to represent his own country,” he said.
In contrast, he noted that President Trump “stands for a strong American economy, a strong American military, allies who meet their obligations and foreign leaders whose opinions are far less important than their actions.”