7 examples of worsening US relations with other countries during Trump administration
US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — A number of media and experts claim that President Trump is the only president in recent decades who has not launched a new war, apart from trade wars.
Nevertheless, during his presidency, relations with a number of countries have deteriorated significantly.
Below we give examples of how US relations with other countries of the world have worsened.
1. US and Venezuela
Before the start of the presidential term of Donald Trump, relations between Venezuela and the United States could not be called particularly warm, but lately the relations between the two countries have seriously deteriorated.
Back in September 2019, the U.S. expanded the sanctions lists for Venezuela, introducing new companies into them, as well as ships transporting products of the chemical and oil industries.
The situation in Venezuela escalated after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself acting president. Venezuelan authorities have declared support for Guaido from the United States, after America recognized Guaido as interim head of state.
However, a real crisis erupted in the spring of 2020, when an unknown military attempted to invade Venezuela. They were caught, and during interrogation admitted that they work for the Silvercorp organization, which is funded by the US government. The invasion of Venezuela is seen as an attempted coup in the country.
At the end of April, during an opposition demonstration in Caracas, another coup attempt was made, also unsuccessful.
Undoubtedly, the US authorities deny involvement in these events, but claim that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro should resign.
2. US and Denmark
The reason for the discord between the United States and Denmark was Greenland. This is a large island that is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but at the same time retains some autonomy.
In early 2020, the United States announced its readiness to allocate $ 12 million for the development of Greenland. US authorities said that it was not about buying the island, but about the desire to counter the supposedly growing influence of China and Russia in the region.
Nevertheless, the Danish authorities were skeptical and even wary of the US desire to invest in Greenland. They noted that it was necessary to make sure that, after allotting this kind of assistance, Greenland would not remain the United States debtor.
3. US and Iraq
In early 2020, the aggravation of relations between the United States and Iraq began. This was due to the fact that two influential people were killed in Iraq – General Kassem Suleymani and deputy head of the Iraqi Shiite militia Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The killings were committed in early January as a result of a special operation conducted by the US military.
The people took to the streets with a protest against the presence of American soldiers in Iraq, threatening America with force.
In addition, the Iraqi authorities ordered the local military not to cooperate with a coalition led by the United States to combat IS forces (banned in the Russian Federation).
The Iraqi authorities have repeatedly noted that American drones fly in Iranian airspace without official permission from the country’s authorities.
The situation in the region remains very difficult. Iraq demanded that the United States withdraw troops, but the United States refused, insisting that their military was stationed in the Middle East to fight terrorist organizations.
4. US and Iran
Despite the fact that as a result of long and difficult negotiations, an agreement was reached on Iran’s nuclear program, which the United States also signed, in May 2018, Trump announced the country’s withdrawal from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. The US president said the US has evidence that Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons, thereby violating the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan. He also announced the restoration of sanctions against Tehran. In response, in 2019, Iran announced the suspension of two points of the deal.
The USA and Iran were actually on the brink of war. The relations between the two countries escalated after General Qassem Suleimani was killed, which generally aggravated the situation in the region: mass protests began against the presence of the US Armed Forces in the Middle East.
The conflict worsened the situation around Venezuela, as the United States announced that it was ready to introduce measures against Iran, which supplies oil to Venezuela. For its part, Iran sent a message to the UN, saying that the United States does not respect international law and that they should not attack tankers that ship oil to a Latin American country.
5. US and Canada
US relations with its closest neighbor have also deteriorated. First of all, it is worth mentioning the fact that there was a clear deterioration in the personal relations of Donald Trump with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after the media posted information about how Trudeau, along with other politicians during the NATO summit, mocked the American president behind him .
This offended Trump so much that he even refused a joint press conference on the results of the summit.
However, the deterioration of relations between the two neighboring countries also has an economic aspect. So, at the end of 2017, the United States decided that Bombardier passenger planes, when purchased by American companies, would be subject to a duty of 292.21%.
This measure has become part of Trump’s plan to protect the US economy and trade, as well as to support American manufacturers.
6. US and China
Relations between the United States and China throughout the presidential term of Donald Trump were not easy. The trade war that began between the two countries, it would seem, came to an end after the parties concluded a trade deal in January of this year, in which China pledged to purchase American goods, increasing the amount of purchases by $ 200 million over two years.
However, the situation escalated after the coronavirus epidemic, which undermined the Chinese economy, hit other countries, including the United States.
In a recent interview, the American president said he had changed his mind about the trade agreement and also accused China of not being able to contain the spread of the virus.
7. US and Turkey
The conflict between the US and Turkey is connected with the supply of Russian S-400 systems to Turkey. When Turkey announced the purchase of these complexes from Russia, the United States expressed extreme discontent and demanded to refuse. However, Turkey ignored these demands. In response to Turkey’s disobedience, the United States suspended Turkey’s participation in the fifth-generation F-35 aircraft program.
And in May 2020, a new conflict broke out after Turkey banned three large banks – BNP Paribas SA, Citibank NA, UBS AG – from conducting operations in the country’s financial market.
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