The former U.S. ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner, is hoping American voters decide in November for dump Trump Administration.
In an Interview, Gardner said that” Trump evokes memories of the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, and that former Trump officials who are now criticizing the president, like ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis, are collaborators who should have spoken out sooner, or never joined the administration in the first place.”
Gardner, a Democrat who is supporting the former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, said in the interview.”For a couple of years, I was troubled by many things that Donald Trump shares with Benito Mussolini, someone my Italian grandparents fled from in 1938,”
In regard to officials like Mattis and former White House chief of staff John Kelly, who have criticized Trump’s handling of the protests and his call for deploying troops, Gardner said it was too little, too late.
“You know I am glad that these people are speaking out, but I’ll be very honest here, and undiplomatic: I don’t welcome those statements in the sense that those people served this president,” he said. “And to me quite bluntly they are accomplices … So when you choose to work for this kind of administration, which showed its true colors very early on, at some point you abet the policies even if afterwards you decide that they’re terrible, that the man you were serving is a terrible person. So while I am glad they are saying what they are saying, it comes too late.”
Gardner also slammed Trump’s plan to reduce the number of U.S. military forces in Germany.
“It makes no sense,” Gardner said. “It’s a gift to Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump’s good friend. This is another indication of how he embraces autocrats and enemies of our country. We should be holding firm. It serves not only the defense of Europe and Germany but our own purposes, right? Because those bases are incredibly important also for the projection of our influence and our power on Europe, the Middle East and even beyond, so it makes no sense whatsoever. This is a political act. There is no military strategy behind it.”
“He has been angry at Angela Merkel for many years, for many reasons,” the former ambassador said. “She is very forthright, outspoken in defense of certain values that we used to share.” He added, “He’s probably annoyed at her because unlike some European leaders, she has not gone out of her way to curry favor with him.”
Gardner said that the EU and U.S. had lost years of potentially crucial cooperation on issues like climate change and reform of the World Trade Organization. He also predicted that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government would look to end the Brexit transition period without a trade deal in place, and would try to obscure the economic damage in the financial fallout of the coronavirus crisis.
Gardner said for US Politics that he has realized many young voters are not necessarily excited about Biden, but he insisted that other Democrats, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, were simply unelectable. Gardner said for Biden,”I am convinced he’s the right person and I am going to do everything I can to make sure we get a change in November.”