Standing Alone…

There hasn’t been too many times in this great nations history that we have instituted a policy so bad that literally none of our Allies agree with. However, that’s exactly what President Trump has done with his over reaching executive order banning Muslims from 7 different countries & all Syrians. Many of our friendly countries have taken the unusual steps of condemning Trumps actions. Including long time ally Great Britain & Prime Minister Theresa May, whom had just met with Trump earlier in the week.  

From the New York Times & Robert Reich here are statements and reactions from leader all over the world. 

Trump’s vicious xenophobia – his ban on Syrian refugees, his temporary ban on entry to the U.S. by people from 7 predominantly Muslim countries, his wall with Mexico – is reverberating around the world, even among America’s oldest allies and friends. For example: 

1. A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany today said there was no justification for Trump’s ban on all refugees and the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States. Yesterday, during their phone conversation, Merkel reminded Trump that the Geneva Convention on refugees obliges all member states to take in those fleeing war. (Germany has taken in more than 1 million asylum seekers, many of them Muslims, since 2015. The United States had taken in 14,333 before Trump’s ban.) 

2 Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy said Trump’s approach ran counter to basic European principles. He tweeted this morning that “Italy is anchored in its values. Open society, pluralism, no discrimination. They are the pillars of Europe.” (Italy has taken in 800,000.)

3. Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, at first reluctant to criticize Trump, said today through a spokesman that the British government did “not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wrote this morning that it is “Divisive and wrong to stigmatize because of nationality.” (Britain is aiming to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees.)

4. President François Hollande of France said he had reminded Mr. Trump of his “conviction that the ongoing fight to defend our democracy will be effective only if we sign up to respect to the founding principles and, in particular, the welcoming of refugees.”

5. A few days ago Michael Müller, the Mayor of Berlin, said in response to Trump’s Mexican wall: “Berlin, the city of Europe’s division, the city of Europe’s freedom, cannot silently look on as a country sets about building a new wall. We Berliners know better than most the pain caused when a whole continent is split by barbed wire and walls. Our division destroyed the prospects of millions. But ultimately, we, the people, overcame it.”

Trump is shaming America in the eyes of the world. He is rejecting the basic human rights that have given our nation its moral authority. 

What do you think?

One thought on “Standing Alone…”

  1. Trump’s policies can only be described as draconian. They are uninformed, racist, and short sighted. This cruel and unusual step by this so-called leader of a free nation is a slap in the face to democracy everywhere. Is the USA a free state with this despot leading the way? Does Trump understand that he isn’t king, or a dictator? Trump is going to have a hard time enforcing his egregious and poorly thought out plans to keep America safe. His very actions are putting a target on him and America. Hopefully there will be more than the courts to stop this small minded despot from continuing in this light.

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