A new report from Freedom House, an independent watchdog that monitors freedom and democracy across the world, contains some disturbing information about the status of democracy in America under Donald Trump.
The organization’s 2019 “Freedom in the World” report claims that freedom in the United States has continued to backslide under Donald Trump and his brash challenges to democratic norms and American traditions.
In fact, the trends in America are so disturbing that Freedom House has dedicated an entire section in its press release that details “the United States in decline.”
Even though Freedom House believes that democracy in the U.S. is still “robust,” it warns that American institutions are no longer as strong as many observers once believed.
“Having observed similar patterns in other nations where democracy was ultimately overtaken by authoritarianism, Freedom House warns that the resilience of US democratic institutions in the face of such an assault cannot be taken for granted,” the organization writes.
Among other things, Freedom House says that America’s score has been hurt over the last year by “policies and actions that improperly restricted the legal rights of asylum seekers, signs of discrimination in the acceptance of refugees for resettlement, and excessively harsh or haphazard immigration enforcement policies that resulted in the separation of children from adult family members, among other problematic outcomes.”
Read the report Democracy In Retreat at this link:
Meanwhile, European Leaders are justifiably worried about Trump
In a different press account, world leaders say, “We can’t live with Trump. And we can’t live without the United States.”
The story states that officials don’t know what to make of the Trump Administration that veers wildly from policy to policy and, at times, they aren’t even sure who in the U.S. government they should be addressing their concerns to.
Most worrisome, are Trump’s tweets and proclamations attacking NATO that has allies worried about the future of the mutual defense organization whose mission is to fight back against military aggression — particularly from Russia.
The Washington Post reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron have all been baffled on how to deal with Trump, and now just warily live with him and hope he doesn’t do too much damage.
“In the beginning, we thought, ‘He’s campaigning. The position will change him.’ But he changed the position of the office,” a German official admitted. “I find it shocking that, in such a short time, he has managed to rip apart a relationship that has taken decades to build.”
According to a French official, the president is just as belligerent in private as he is in his public pronouncements.
“On a number of issues, we have tried to convince him that Europe is a key partner of the United States,” confided the senior official. “He will say, ‘I don’t need you,’ and ‘Europe is worse than China.’ ”