The newspaper The New York Times draws attention to "the apparent silence" Donald Trump over the second-place Marine Le Pen in the first round of presidential elections in France. At behavior of the US president has at least three reasons, says the publication.
"At the end of last week, the president of Trump clearly disapproved of the extreme right candidate," the French presidency Marin Le Pen, but now he was "obviously silent, as his ally on the populist camp took second place in the vote on Sunday, and turned away from the Elysee Palace" , - stated in the article The New York Times.
Silence Trump can be explained by several factors, the newspaper. Firstly, it is the reluctance of the White House in the future interfere in elections in other countries. Secondly, the Trump "more focused on how to show off their achievements after one hundred days in office." Third, the US President "loves winners, and Le Pen seems to have come out of the race two weeks later," in the second round of elections, says the NYT.
But, says the author of the article, there is another, more fundamental reason why Trump withhold his enthusiasm for Le Pen. "Her victory would be a real headache for Mr. Trump, given that it took the more traditional position on NATO, EU and the Middle East", - stated in the article.
Marine Le Pen has promised to withdraw France from NATO's integrated military command. Trump is "once ridiculed the alliance, but now supports", says the NYT, in confirmation of this recent meeting of the US president with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Le Pen promised within six months to hold a referendum to withdraw France from the EU. "This move, if successful, would certainly have destroyed the EU and would cause panic in world financial markets, - the New York Times. - This last point must seriously affect the policy, which is Trump. " He believes that the game is on the rise in the stock market - one of the most tangible indicators of its performance as president, recalls NYT. The publication indicates that the reports of the first place Emmanuel Makron in the first round on Monday caused a stir in the world markets. "It was a reminder of how investor confidence depends on the stability of the European Union", - he believes the author.
Winning Le Pen would have led to uncertainty in the EU and NATO, which, among other things, would complicate the plans of the administration Trump to fight "Islamic State *" and generally in relation to the civil war in Syria, "plans for Iran, Russia and Afghanistan ". Le Pen would show "all the bad things that could have been expected from Charles de Gaulle, but to a much greater extent," said New York Times Eliot Cohen, a professor at Dzhona Hopkinsa University and a former employee of the administration of George W. Bush. It is known that de Gaulle took France out of NATO, and in general sought to demonstrate a course independent of the United States.
If we compare the principle of "America First" - "America First", which should be Trump - and the principle of "France first", which was delivered by Le Pen, it will be clear - this is a "recipe for countries, each of which follows its own way" noted Charles Kupchan, former director for European affairs at the national security Council in the days of Baraka Obamy. The principle of "France first", according to experts, is an indication that Le Pen would not become a partner, who could trust Trump, Kupchan said.
This, according to the New York Times, can be explained by the fact that before the election, Trump and distanced himself from Le Pen, although met with other well-known Eurosceptic, leader of the "Party of the United Kingdom Independence" Nigel Farage. Winning Marine Le Pen does not necessarily would be a victory for Trump - sums columnist New York Times, introducing this thesis in the article title.