The United States is taking a lot of heat around the world while trying to defend the president and his administration’s actions over the past couple years. Ranging from friend to foe, the US has ticked just about everyone off in one way or another. Some countries are getting more spotlight than others as their complaints continue to pile up.
Iran – Iran claims that Washington has been unnecessarily escalating tensions with Tehran. They have been dealing with both the US and Russia increasing pressure on them to adhere to their countries demands, suggesting military action might be necessary if the region becomes violent. However, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and other leaders said Tehran “doesn’t want a war that would devastate the region.” They simply could not afford the devastation. The US has responded to the denials with a military plan for sending up to 120,000 troops to the Mid-East if Iran does anything even remotely hostile, including the escalation of its “nuclear activities.”
Russia – One might think Russia and the US should be on good terms right now, but this is not always true. Russia has been showing signs of cracking while trying to stay positive with the US and keep their relations strong. The two countries remain far apart on a plethora of serious global issues and current events. “It is clear that our relations have seen better times,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Putin had hoped that the end of the Mueller investigation would help to restore relations, but this has largely failed.
Canada – Canada, one of our closest allies, has been no exception either. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made it clear he is not happy about Trump’s Trade decisions. Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman is even writing a book about it. It’s called “The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty.” Heyman served under the Obama administration from 2014-2017 and says the relationship between the US and Canada under Trump’s White House worries him a great deal.
Mexico – South of the border our allies are not happy either. Mexico, much like Canada, has wrestled with the White House since Trump took office. The border conflict is an obvious strain on the two country’s relationship, but it’s not the only issue. The president’s administration has also met resistance from Democrats in passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The new USMCA wants increased auto market products from the member countries to enter the US without tariffs, a quota on imports to the U.S. from Mexico and Canada, and a minimum wage requirement that will hopefully make industry in the U.S. more appealing. Despite Mexico urging US politicians and business leaders alike to pass the USMCA in the best interest of industry, Democrats refuse to accept the deal until Mexico agrees to better enforce the promised labor laws.
Germany – Germany has not received much kindness from Trump during his presidency so far. They are now dealing with the US and Russian response to the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany and find themselves a possible future victim of U.S. sanctions under a new bipartisan bill that has been brought forth by Senators Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen. It would sanction companies that are installing deep-sea pipelines under Russian energy projects, taking direct aim at the pipeline project. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has complained about the US response openly, saying “Questions of European energy policy must be decided in Europe, not in the US. To impose unilateral sanctions against Nord Stream 2 is certainly not the way to go.”
China – China’s dealings with the US are a good example of how a not-so-great relationship always has room to get worse. The Trade War wages on as negotiations continue to break down. China has also been accused by US intelligence as being notorious for cyber-attacking American computer systems. Even the Asia Society said recently that “The United States and China are on a collision course.” This year, in their assessment of the two countries’ relations, they claim that “The foundations of goodwill that took decades to build are rapidly breaking down.”
Sadly, the list of countries upset with the current US administration goes on for a while. The point is that the pile is growing more quickly than in the past, even when war-mongers like Bush were in the White House and invading Iraq. That should definitely worry us more than it currently is. Losing the trust and trade of allies and partners around the globe is not the best way to plan for our future.