While Europe watches with fascination how Democrats disintegrate each other in the US-american primaries, the current president Donald Trump creates facts via 2021’s financial budget and is re-shifting the entire security architecture in the USA.
The only topics that still stand out in the general media behind the exuberant topic of the US presidential election are the sharp rise in US military spending. But the Trump administration has understood much earlier that in the hybrid fight against terrorism, smuggling and product piracy and hidden money flows, more is needed than just weapons and soldiers. Europe doesn’t seem to realize how smart the US government is actually acting in areas where Europe still seems to be in a deep sleep.
For example, the area of nuclear weapons is being modernized for the price of 28.9 billion US dollars. An increase of around 20%. US development aid is being cut by the same amount, by around 21%. This development can clearly be attributed to the events with the government in Iran. A quite logical, albeit extremely unpopular, decision in Europe.
What is more important is how coherently the Trump Administration judges on the security factor in a comprehensive sense. In addition to a rebuilding of the armed forces, the following points are at the top of the administration’s agenda: here, the security of the borders is at stake. Trump wants to further hinder the flood of illegal immigrants and the networks of people smugglers. The same list includes, that the American economy should be protected from external influences. American intellectual property is to be protected, as the document states. Last but not least, independence from foreign energy sources is to be reduced, to ensure greater energy independence.
Domestically, some funds are being moved to tackle rampant drug-related crime and the opioid crisis. ”Reallocating resources to focus on high priority Federal investigations that target criminals posing the greatest threat to society. The Budget would provide $16 billion to Federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the United States Marshals Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, which work in concert with State and local law enforcement partners. This funding allows DOJ to respond to national security crises; investigate violent- and drug-related crime; and apprehend, detain, and prosecute offenders.”
It is interesting to see how the Trump administration deals with measures that serve to protect its own population. It is known that social programs are reduced. But there is also less for the general population. However, it is interesting to note a measure where food controls are to be paid for by the consumers themselves in future. The cost of food inspections at meat, poultry and eggs will soon be paid for by consumers themselves. It is clear to the government that this will increase food prices.
Even the government-backed government organisations such as the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) have to live with cuts. The USIP budget will be reduced by 64 percent. Reason: Institutions like these need to spend more efforts on collecting private funding.
Thus Donald Trump is putting the government’s strategy, both in terms of external relations and internal conditions, on the back burner. The European governments and the European public should be more interested in these factual changes than in the question of whether presidential candidates are well-positioned and how the primary elections in remote areas of the USA turn out.