Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Donald vs. Donald

There are two Donalds internationally known who have but one thing in common: They both tweet on Twitter.

The @realDonaldTrump presently is in Brussels for a NATO summit while @eucopresident, the other Donald, and President of the European Council Tusk, has no business in NATO. Well not quite.

Tusk, Stoltenberg, and Juncker in Brussels yesterday (©Reuters)
On Tuesday, July 10, the Polish Donald, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker signed a declaration between NATO and the European Union about mutual military assistance just prior to POTUS’s arrival. In fact, you never know whether the American Donald will not revoke the NATO treaty since by now he has lots of experience in this trade regarding NAFTA, the Paris climate agreement, the G7 summit in Canada, and the Iranian nuclear agreement.

On his way to Brussels POTUS twittered mixing the trade balance with the European Union and NATO:

While all other European leaders kept a low profile Donald Tusk directly addressed Donald Trump,

”We have just signed a joint EU-NATO declaration, which brings the cooperation between the European Union and NATO to the next level. The aim is clear. We want to protect European citizens with all possible means available, and there is no better partner than NATO. That is why we have agreed today to strengthen EU-NATO ties in crucially important areas. They include improving the military mobility of troops and equipment, common preparedness for cyber and hybrid attacks, fighting terrorism and stopping migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. The fullest possible involvement in our activities of EU Member States that are not NATO members will be encouraged and facilitated in an all-inclusive, non-discriminatory manner, without any artificial obstacles.”

“Speaking on the eve of the NATO summit here in Brussels, I would like to address President Trump directly, who for a long time now has been criticising Europe almost daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defense capabilities, and for living off the US”. And so the @eucopresident tweeted:”

“I would, therefore, have two remarks here. First of all, dear America, appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many. And, dear Europe, spend more on your defense, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped.”

“Money is important, but genuine solidarity is even more important. Speaking about solidarity, I want to dispel the American President's argument, which says that the US alone protects Europe against our enemies and that the US is almost alone in this struggle. Europe was first to respond on a large scale when the US was attacked and called for solidarity after 9/11. European soldiers have been fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in Afghanistan. 870 brave European men and women sacrificed their lives, including 40 soldiers from my homeland Poland (Author’s note: 54 Germans). Dear Mr. President, please remember about this tomorrow, when we meet at the NATO summit, but above all when you meet president Putin in Helsinki. It is always worth knowing: who is your strategic friend? And who is your strategic problem?”

This last remark reminds me of Donald Tusk’s reaction after Mr. Trump withdrew the US from the Iran agreement and announced trade sanctions in May:

Due to their historical experience Polish people are traditionally afraid of the Russian bear and hence are ardent admirers of the United States, their great protector. It is therefore remarkable that the president of the European Council now rather relies on European support. Thank you @realEuropeanDonaldTusk. It is time that we in Europe stand united for our common values.

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