Donald Trump takes out full-page ads in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post condemning U.S. foreign policy — specifically in regards to countries like Japan and Saudi Arabia.
On the same day or in the days before, Trump announces he’ll be visiting New Hampshire soon, the site of the first presidential primary. Trump does not officially announce his candidacy yet, but his trip to New Hampshire is at the request of Mike Dunbar, a Republican donor who is endorsing him for president.
According to former KGB agent Yuri Shvets, Trump met with Soviet intelligence officials during his July trip to Moscow. The KGB members mentioned seeing him as president someday, Shvets says, but Trump took it and ran with it. The advertisements are perceived in Moscow as evidence that the recruitment of Trump as a KGB asset was successful. He’s echoing their propaganda.
Former KGB major Stanislav Levchenko testified before Congress five years ago that Russia was trying to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Japan to prevent a possible US-China-Japan alliance against the Soviet Union. In 1982, the plan was failing. In 1987, there’s Donald Trump.
In an interview in August, Trump said that he’d like to align the U.S. with the Soviet Union and force other countries into submission. Between the U.S. and Russia, Trump said, “you have the power to dominate any of those countries.”
For anyone unable to read the advertisement above, here is the full text:
There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.
An open letter from Donald J. Trump on why America should stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves.
Donald John Trump
To The American People:
For decades, Japan and other nations have been taking advantage of the United States.
The saga continues unabated as we defend the Persian Gulf, an area of only marginal significance to the United States for its oil supplies, but one upon which Japan and the others are almost totally dependent. Why are these nations not paying the United States for the human lives and billions of dollars we are losing to protect their interests? Saudi Arabia, a country whose very existence is in the hands of the United States, last week refused to allow us to use their mine sweepers (which are, sadly, far more advanced than ours) to police the Gulf. The world is laughing at America’s politicians as we protect ships we don’t own, carrying oil we don’t need, destined for allies who won’t help.
Over the years, the Japanese, unimpeded by the huge costs of defending themselves (as long as the United States will do it for free), have built a strong and vibrant economy with unprecedented surpluses. They have brilliantly managed to maintain a weak yen against a strong dollar. This, coupled with our monumental spending for their, and others, defense, has moved Japan to the forefront of world economies.
Now that the tides are turning and the yen is becoming strong against the dollar, the Japanese are openly complaining and, in typical fashion, our politicians are reacting to these unjustified complaints.
It’s time for us to end our vast deficits by making Japan, and others who can afford it, pay. Our world protection is worth hundreds of billions of dollars to these countries, and their stake in their protection is far greater than ours.
Make Japan, Saudi Arabia, and others pay for the protection we extend as allies. Let’s help our farmers, our sick, our homeless by taking from some of the greatest profit machines ever created — machines created and nurtured by us. “Tax” these wealthy nations, not America. End our huge deficits, reduce our taxes, and let America’s economy grow unencumbered by the cost of defending those who can easily afford to pay us for the defense of their freedom. Let’s not let our great country be laughed at anymore.
Donald J. Trump
Associated Press – Note: Their archive date is off by one day.
The Washington Post (Archived)
Craig Unger, American Kompromat, p.92-93