Donald Trump loves to brag about how he is improving America’s standing in the world, but the reality is clear — his isolation-focused “America First” attitude is actually ruining the country and the world is moving on without us, no longer confident in the United States.
In response to Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal (despite many world leaders urging him not to), the European Union has just come together to deliver a major ‘f*ck you’ to the POTUS. The European Commission has announced that it will be activating a law that would prevent European companies and courts from complying with Trump’s sanctions against Iran — which is in direct response to the president pulling out of the nuclear deal.
Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, stated that the commission has a “duty to protect European companies” from American sanctions. He said:
We now need to act and this is why we are launching the process to activate the ‘blocking statute’ from 1996. We will do that tomorrow [Friday] morning at 10:30.”
The European Union wants to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, and using the blocking statute is just about the most powerful thing it can do to respond immediately to Trump’s reckless decision. Juncker also stated that for the first time in history, the European Commission is allowing the European Investment Bank to assist European companies in making investments in Iran.
Russia and China have also made moves to side with Iran over America. Astana, the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union trade bloc, has intentions to create a free trade zone with Iran in the future. In the meantime, the bloc has lowered tariffs on hundreds of goods. Chinese state-owned oil company CNPC has also prepared to replace French energy company Total in a major gas field initiative if Total decides to step away from the project.
With major world powers coming together to support a deal that Trump has taken America out of, the U.S. is not in a good position at all. Trump needs to stop saying “America First” because this is quickly becoming “America Last.”