2016 was a dreadful year for the globalists.
Brexit. The election of Donald Trump. The rise of nationalist populism across Europe.
And in a new interview, Donald Trump just promised 2017 would be an even worse year for the international elite.
Supporters of open borders, global institutions, and internationalism all had a rough 2016.
Backlash against the European Union’s open door policy to Middle Eastern migrants and globalist trade deals led United Kingdom voters to support a referendum to leave the European Union (EU).
Then Donald Trump won the Presidency campaigning on securing America’s borders and ending the international trade deals gutting the America’s middle class.
In an interview with British MP Michael Grove, Trump let the globalists know 2016 was the beginning of the end for their run of subverting our nation’s sovereignty.
In the interview, Trump expressed his displeasure with the EU and predicted more nations would vote to leave in order to stop the massive influx of refugees.
The Sunday Times reports:
The president-elect is much less sanguine about the future of the EU itself. A combination of economic woes and the migrant crisis will, he believes, lead to other countries leaving. “People, countries, want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity. But, I do believe this, if they hadn’t been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it . . . entails, I think that you wouldn’t have a Brexit. This was the final straw that broke the camel’s back. . . I believe others will leave. I do think keeping it together is not gonna be as easy as a lot of people think. And I think this, if refugees keep pouring into different parts of Europe . . . I think it’s gonna be very hard to keep it together because people are angry about it…
…Mr Trump’s view is that Europe is dominated by Germany, and Britain was wise to extract itself: “You look at the European Union and it’s Germany. Basically a vehicle for Germany. That’s why I thought the UK was so smart in getting out.”
The driving force behind the EU’s open borders policies towards refugees was Angela Merkel.
She opened the doors to over one million migrants, and it created a tsunami of opposition.
Allowing Middle Eastern migrants who demanded European cultures assimilate to their Islamic values – rather than adapting to the culture of their new homelands – breathed new life into populist parties across Europe.
Trump also expressed skepticism about Merkel, who is running for re-election in 2017.
The Sunday Times reported:
While he expresses admiration for Angela Merkel, Mr Trump believes that she made “one catastrophic mistake” by welcoming an unlimited number of Syrian refugees. More than one million migrants from north Africa and the Middle East arrived between 2015 and 2016. He adds that he believes the West should have built safe zones in Syria — paid for by the Gulf — to limit the surge. “I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from…
…Despite all of Mr Trump’s expressions of admiration for Mr Putin and Mrs Merkel, he revealed that he was prepared to cut ties with both: “Well, I start off trusting both — but let’s see how long that lasts. It may not last long at all.”
Trump let it be known he would like to see NATO reformed to focus on the threat of Islamic terrorism and that member nations should not be so reliant on America to pay for their defense.
The Sunday Times reported:
“Mr Trump’s hostility to the EU has been matched by his scepticism towards another pillar of the postwar order, Nato. But the president-elect was at pains to emphasise that he is committed to the defence of Europe and the West. His concerns are, principally, that Nato had not reformed to meet the main threat that we face — Islamist terrorism — and its members had relied too heavily on America. “I said a long time ago that Nato had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. Number two the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay. I took such heat, when I said Nato was obsolete. It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right.”
Trump also blasted the decision to invade Iraq, the Iran nuclear deal, and Obama’s response to Syria.
If anyone thought Trump would back down from his populist positions or try to accommodate the globalists, this interview should erase those doubts.