The following report is about a well known Australian political journalist on world affairs, Chris Uhlmann, whose critical commentary on the republican President Donald Trump performance at the G20 summit has gone viral. I concur with Mr. Ulmann’s analysis.
President Trump has been declaring this trip as a total success, but he and his surrogates are solo mio on this evaluation. Any objective study of this event, would depict the Russian President Vladimir Putin as having succeeded beyond what even he had expected. The Syrian agreement reached between the US and Russia is a major win for Russia but I’ll be blogging about this later. It has become obvious that the president’s confrontation with the Russian leader about its interference into the 2016 US presidential elections, was perfunctory at best.
There was no US led consensus statement condemning Korea for its recent missile testing and its confrontational demeanor. Was this nixed by China and /or Russia? Where was US leadership on display during this summit?
My concern is what else could the president have conceded to Russia in the 2 hour meeting between the two parties? Because there was no independent party taking any notes, we will never know.
As per a 7/9/17 Reuters report, “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday (7/9/17) (at a press conference) that Russia must take the first steps to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine, adding that Washington’s primary goal is the restoration of Ukrainian territorial integrity.”
“On a maiden official visit to Ukraine, Tillerson also said the United States would explore ways of changing the status quo in the Ukraine crisis, and said Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election still impeded better relations with Moscow.”
Only the US FOX TV media outlet commentators have described President Trump’s participation at the 2017 G20 summit in positive terms, like the president demonstrating strength. Anything negative tends to earn little exposure. There seemed to be more focus on the violent protests. RT coverage has been complimentary. I am assuming far right publications like Breitbart will do likewise.
The more establishment type media entities have reported more about how the G20 is now the G19. The consensus appears to be that the Russian President Putin exceeded his goals for the meeting and that the President Trump let Russia off the hook for its meddling into the 2016 US elections.
Here is the rest of the story…
On July 9, 2017, Naaman Zhou of The Guardian penned the following report about Mr, Uhlmann’s cryptic analysis, “Australian journalist demolishes Trump at G20: ‘biggest threat to the west.’
“A savage opinion of Donald Trump’s presidency that went viral was delivered by one of Australia’s most seasoned political journalists, who is well known to viewers of the national broadcaster for his frank opinions.”
“Chris Uhlmann, the political editor of the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, described Trump as “isolated and friendless” at the G20 leaders’ summit, and said his disastrous foreign policy had “pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States”.
“Speaking on Sunday from the G20 conference in Hamburg, Uhlmann said Trump had shown “no desire and no capacity to lead the world” and was himself “the biggest threat to the values of the west”. “He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,” Uhlmann said.”
“Where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea which would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it, they were prepared to back it, but it never came.”
“Uhlmann said Trump was obsessed with “burnishing his celebrity” and had “diminished” his own nation to the benefit of Russia and China.”
“We learned that Donald Trump has pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. He managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America.”
“(He’s) a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the west’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”
“Uhlmann has been the national political editor of ABC news since 2015, and won a Walkley award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, for broadcast interviewing in 2008.”
“In February (2016, ) he published an essay that said the “intellectual virus” of Marxism was destroying the culture of western society.”
“He was reporting on the last days of the G20 summit in Hamburg, which has seen violent anti-capitalist protests on the streets and featured Ivanka Trump briefly taking her father’s seat at the conference of world leaders.”