Foreign Policy

Report: Bannon is Conducting His Own Foreign Policy

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Vice President Mike Pence has reiterated to his European counterparts that America is committed to the European Union but, according to an exclusive report from Reuters, Trump's chief strategist and former Breitbart honcho Steve Bannon has been delivering his own messages.

In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America's "steadfast and enduring" commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks.

Bannon, these people said, signaled to Germany's ambassador to Washington that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favoured conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis.

Three people who were briefed on the meeting spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

You may have noticed that national security and foreign policy experts are beginning to say that we 'have no foreign policy,' and this is exactly why. There's no clarity or direction. No one knows who really speaks for the White House or America.

I suspect it's not possible for one person to speak for the White House because Trump himself is an empty vessel and there are competing factions within his administration who cannot agree on consistent policy.

It has been strongly implied abroad that no one should pay attention to Trump because he just says shit, but the rest of Trump's team isn't advancing a single, united message either. The result is that our allies may have little choice but to go their own direction and largely ignore the Trump regime and its various incoherent messengers.

It feels like our international standing is already lower than the lowest point of the Bush administration.

  • muselet

    To the extent that Donald Trump can be said to have a foreign policy (yeah, I know, but stay with me for a moment), Steve Bannon is articulating it accurately. Mike Pence, on the other hand, seems to be either out of the loop or playing the role of the guy with the shovel who follows the elephants in the parade.

    Or maybe Trump is articulating Steve Bannon’s foreign policy, an even more frightening thought.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Until I see proof of otherwise I’ll be assuming that it’s Bannon who’s directing this psychotic circus and Pence is just functioning as clean up man or as you so aptly put it “the guy with the shovel.”

      Right about now I’d say that Mike Pence is swinging the world’s smallest shovel.

      • muselet

        Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time since the Brexit vote trying to convince other countries to abandon the EU, saying he prefers bilateral trade agreements.

        Part of that is Bannon, I’m sure, but Trump has an inflated opinion of his negotiating prowess. I’m willing to give Trump the majority of the credit—blame—for it.

        And if it were (almost) anyone but Pence, I’d be inclined to have some sympathy for the man.

        –alopecia

        • Aynwrong

          It’s a good point about Pence. He sometimes to appears to me to be the calm version of Lonesome Rhodes. That faux earnestness with which he nods his head is sickening.

  • Badgerite

    It seems to me that the GOP and people in the GOP who are now associated and involved in this ‘administration’ are trying to cover their butts politically by making a lot of fine sounding speeches abroad. But they have to know and have known for some time what Bannon plans to do. So their speechifying doesn’t amount to much unless they are willing to clean house and that means Bannon out. Putin needn’t be concerned that Flynn is out. Bannon is still there and Pootie Poot couldn’t have a better friend in terms of his aims of destabilizing democratic governments and alliances in Europe. Profiles in courage they are not. They know what has to be done to assure NATO and the EU and they will not do it. Government of the party, by the party for the party. And “the party” has no principles and no spine.

  • Aynwrong

    “It feels like our international standing is already lower than the lowest point of the Bush administration.