By Carol Meyer
On June 28-29 the annual meeting of the G20 nations formally known as The Summit of Financial Markets and the World Economy will take place in Osaka, Japan. Our president, Donald Trump, will meet with leaders from allies such as Germany, France, United Kingdom and Canada in addition to those from our adversaries to include China and Russia. The meeting’s goal is projected to be the promotion of robust global economic growth through discussions and planning on the part of the leaders and their staffs with particular focus on development, climate change, energy, health, counterterrorism, migration and refugees — all areas which impact economic security.
Yet, it’s the potential sideline meetings between Trump and President Putin of Russia and Trump and President Xi Jinsing of China that may attract the most attention from the media and even threaten the political, financial and national security of the other G20 nations.
Indeed, the increasing tensions among these three power players over Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election of 2016 and the ongoing trade wars between China and the U.S. have upset financial markets across the globe and caused increasingly dangerous confrontations during military exercises designed to watch over ports and seaways critical to the transport of oil to worldwide energy markets.
With all the unrest and uncertainty that already surrounds the upcoming G20 meeting in Osaka, President Trump’s recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos raised the level of concern that this president may be unfit to lead a delegation to the G20 Summit, not to mention to lead the government of the United States of America.
When asked by Stehanopoulos what he would do if offered information on a political opponent by a foreign national or state, Trump responded “I think I’d take it. … I think you might want to listen. …There isn’t anything wrong with listening.”
When reminded that FBI Director Chris Wray had stated earlier that anyone approached by a foreign agent offering money or anything of value should refuse and contact the FBI, Trump responded with “the FBI director is wrong.”
President’s Trump’s responses during this interview on June 12 place him at odds with federal law, which prohibits Americans from soliciting, accepting or receiving donations or anything of value from foreign nationals or states. Trump’s apparent ignorance or intentional disregard for the rule of law is shocking and threatening to the security of the United States. He has broadcast to our allies and adversaries alike that he is open to approaches by individuals whose intent may well be to do harm to this country.
His sideline meetings with Xi and Putin at the G20 Summit may provide opportunities for compromise by foreign leaders. Trump cannot be given a “pass” on this.
Congress must actively investigate his present level of compromise and determine the appropriate response, and the American public must use their votes to deny Trump a second term.
The writer lives in Ridgeway.