Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump went to Canada for the annual G7 summit of world leaders. Before leaving the U.S. for the gathering, he told reporters at the White House that he believes that Russia should be invited back to the group, which it had been kicked out of — changing its title from G8 to G7 — over aggression in the Crimean peninsula.
That’s just one of the ways that Trump left his mark on the gathering. Although while there, he maintained a face of commitment to compromise — despite what his trade policy actions told about his true intentions — once he left, the lashing out began. On Twitter, Trump freaked out on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him “weak,” and one of the president’s advisers eventually went so far as to say that there is a “special place in hell” for the Canadian leader.
Ana Navarro and Meghan McCain — both of whom are conservative — went after Trump for taking his protectionist trade policy to this extreme and Republicans in Congress for following along in lockstep during a recent episode of The View.
Republican U.S. Senator John McCain — Meghan’s father — is one of those Republicans who did speak out in some form, issuing a statement that reads, as posted to Twitter, as follows:
‘To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.’
Commenting on this, Navarro said:
‘I agree with the sentiment that John is expressing there, but I’m not sure that’s true anymore that a bipartisan majority [still stand with our allies] — certainly not a majority of Republicans, and if they do, they are standing there or they are sitting there in silent complicity… because they’re not speaking out.’
‘I was scrolling through the Twitter feeds of major leaders in foreign policy in the U.S. Senate, and practically none of them said boo about the fact that we are embracing Putin and antagonizing our allies.’
Indeed, not only has the Trump administration brought the United States away from our allies like Canada through antagonistic public statements and harsh tariffs, but it’s brought us closer to dictatorial countries in the world as well. Just this week, in an event that Trump left the G7 summit early for, Trump will be meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Although he has in the past been harsh towards the North Koreans, he has recently shifted and turned strangely laudatory.
Commenting on that side to recent developments, McCain said:
‘I believe in freedom on a very basic level. I believe in freedom internationally, and the fact that we would somehow be okay or even insinuate that we are not going to be pro-democracy in Europe because we have some kind of pact with Russia or Trump has some kind of deal with Putin — it is a bizarro universe for me to live in and it is petrifying going forward in our role globally and what it means for the expansion [of Russian power]. Putin is getting everything he wants. He’s probably laughing his face off, and he’s getting more and more powerful, and why did we even engage in the Cold War to begin with?’
You’d hope that the sentiments McCain expressed could be easily be said to be shared by a president of the United States, but that’s not where we’re at right now.
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