March 22, 2016
By Paul Gregory
In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post editorial board, Republican candidate Donald Trump showed why he is Vladimir Putin’s favorite candidate for President of the United States. In his interview, Trump called for a non-interventionist foreign policy, declaring that American needs to invest at home rather than waste money on failed foreign ventures, such as in the Middle East.
Putin’s moves throughout the world can be related to his major foreign policy concern: keeping Ukraine on its knees. In what must have been music to Vladimir Putin’s ears, Trump stated that “Ukraine is a country that affects us far less than it affects other countries in NATO, and yet we’re doing all of the lifting. They’re not doing anything. And I say: Why is it that Germany’s not dealing with NATO on Ukraine? Why is it that other countries that are in the vicinity of Ukraine, why aren’t they dealing?”
Indeed, Russia’s hybrid war on Ukraine affects Europe more directly than it does the United States. Much of Europe has chosen to respond to Russia’s aggression largely by economic rather than military measures–sanctions rather than weapons. In so doing, Europe has lost more than the United States in reduced trade, lower growth, energy-supply risk and political dissension.
Read the full article at Forbes.com: Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Plan Would Give Putin Exactly What He Wants