France and Germany: The other bad guys in the Trump-Ukraine call

by Tom Rogan

When it comes to the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the U.S. domestic response is predictably partisan: Many Democrats see Trump as the bad guy, and many Republicans see this as a scandal-in-name-only.

But one element from that call should unify Democrats and Republicans. Namely, Trump and Zelensky’s agreement that France and Germany are not adequately supporting Ukrainian sovereignty. President Trump began the exchange noting that the United States does: much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk and I think it’s something that you should really ask them about.

Trump is right. President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel speak about supporting Ukraine’s democratic rule of law, but as on many difficult global issues, they do not adequately match action to words. Germany is especially problematic here. But don’t take my word for it, take Zelensky’s. Responding to Trump, the Ukrainian leader observed, Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100 percent, but actually 1000 percent and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and I’m very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union….

What Zelensky is referring to here is the Macron-Merkel effort to push Kyiv into new concessions to Putin in order to advance a peace process for southeastern Ukraine. But what Macron and Merkel should be doing is the opposite — putting pressure on Putin to pull out his GRU forces from Ukrainian territory, and to withdraw from Crimea. That means enforcing European Union sanctions more effectively, and preparing new sanctions in the absence of Russian remedial action. Putin does not respond positively to weakness.

All observers should fix on this area of the phone call. Here at least, Trump and Zelensky are absolutely correct.

(c) Washington Examiner

12 comments

  • Good article by the author. Everything he said is true, the EU want to wash their hands of Ukraine, instead of screwing the dwarf into the ground. Had they acted 5 years ago, thousands of lives would have been saved, they are not going to act now!

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    • Tom Rogan is a British guy with a good understanding of fascist putlerstan. He got into trouble for calling for the Kerch bridge to be bombed to shit. I hope he gets more prominence, but takes very strong security precautions.

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    • Agreed. It is very important that someone speaks up about the hypocrisy by the Germans and French. And THEY are the brokers and mediators in Minsk and the Normandy forum?! Poland and the Baltics need to step in, possibly America too. Zelensky needs to vigorously and publicly invite them. That alone could pressure the ruSSo-fascists into action.

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      • I’m looking to post articles, all I see is this crap going on in the US. Seems every media author has an opinion. Has the world stopped?

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        • Trying living here! The Get Trump media thinks something bad is going to happen to Trump so they dig in. They probably don’t even shower because they might miss something, lmao! The media commies hate it when a conservative is in the White House.

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          • I’m looking at both sides of the argument, seems there is no middle ground, just all out attack from both sides.

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            • True, but the law doesn’t depend on politics. It is important to keep the politics out of it, especially when it comes to Ukraine. Several Democrats have threatened support for Ukraine but no Republicans have. And it was only 7 years ago when Obama told Medvedev that he could be more flexible after his last election. It is necessary to maintain Democrat support for Ukraine without alienating them for their hatred of Trump. They would throw Ukraine under the bus in a New York second if they thought it would help them politically.

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  • “Germany is especially problematic here”
    Indeed, this country is badly led, both its internal affairs and foreign affairs. That’s what you get when you have monkeys sitting in the government. The best they can do is to throw shitt.

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