President Trump just came back from his second trip to Europe in as many months, and was quick to tweet that the G20 meeting in Germany was a "great success for the U.S." However, considering America’s somewhat isolated position on the issues of free trade and especially climate change, many are arguing that the G20 is starting to look a lot more like the G19+1. So what does this mean for the rest of the Group? Well, president Putin is back to plotting Russia's resurgence after once again denying any interference in the U.S. election - and apparently getting away with it. In other world domination news, president Xi attempted to position China as a more responsible power than America as well as a viable alternative trading partner and super ally. Finally, the Europeans were more interested in presenting a united front to the world (despite Brexit) especially since they're caught between Russia and China.
Anything else? Well, the president’s insistence on running the country as if it were a family business continued Saturday when his daughter Ivanka took his seat during one of the meetings. Having members of delegations sit in on meetings for a head of state is a normal thing, except that the member is usually a high level diplomat or cabinet minister. Cue a Twitter meltdown. Anything else? German Chancellor Merkel became a viral super star thanks to her hilarious facial expressions during the summit, including putting her head in her hands while standing next to Trump, looking awkward and slightly terrified of shaking Trump’s hand during a photo op, and unleashing an epic eye roll on Putin while he was talking.
Perhaps unintentionally, Trump’s isolationist stance on key issues appears to have united other world leaders, who are tentatively beginning to envision a place where America is no longer the global leader it once wanted to be. The post-Cold War era – and America’s position as the leading or only super power – is over. The strains of American nationalism, the global recession, the Arab spring, the rise of China, the Russian resurgence and Western populism are fueling fundamental questions about the future of the international order. However president Trump doesn’t seem capable of, or willing to, answer any of those questions.
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