*German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced today that she would not seek re-election after leading the EU, Germany, and most lately the world in key foreign affair matters. Merkel has been at the helm for 13 years.
*Trade War: China’s PM, Xi Jinping, is leading the world in trade negotiations with a Pacific Rim trade deal that fell into his lap upon the United States exiting TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). Remember those Bernie chants? Well Trump felt the same way. And our renegotiating NAFTA? Most of that language stolen from TPP.
*All About the Base: Migrant Caravans that have been a norm for years are now becoming part of POTUS’ rallying cry in garnering votes.
REALITY CHECK ON EACH:
Germany’s Statistics on Asylum Seekers: (Germany Interior Ministry)
The reason for Merkel’s departure is a strong Nationalist movement emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric, as the “world leader.” But number don’t lie.
China’s Trade War:
A complex subject, but the basic takeaway here is the Pacific Rim which would have accounted for about 37% of global GDP with U.S. partnership with U.S. involvement. That number has now decreased to about 13.3% of global GDP. Had the United States stayed in TTP, we would have led trade in the region and China would not have been at the table. Instead, China is leading trade in the region, and the United States is not at the table. Mind you, it was an imperfect treaty, but it was a starting point. The partnership is on track to be signed by the year-end. By the way, one-third of the language on Trump’s renogotiated NAFTA deal was taken from TPP.
Migrant Caravans are made up of people mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador–all fleeing violence and corrupt governments. The numbers are miniscule–in the thousands–as a percentage of our population. These asylum seekers have to go through a rigorous resettlement process that includes wearing GPS bracelets, and despite Trump’s rhetoric, they cannot vote.
Below is a glimpse into why these migrants are seeking asylum.
Moreover, let’s keep in mind the words on the Statue of Liberty and for what this country stands:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows worldwide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”