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 during six months to hold a referendum on France's withdrawal from the EU. "This step, if successful, would surely destroy the European Union and cause panic in the world financial markets," the New York Times said. "This last point should seriously affect the policy pursued by Trump." He believes that the game for raising in the stock market is one of the most tangible indicators of his activity as president, reminds NYT. The publication points out that the reports on the first place of Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the elections caused a revival on the world markets already on Monday. "This was a reminder of how much investor confidence depends on the stability of the European Union," the author of the article believes.
The victory of Le Pen would lead to uncertainty in the EU and NATO, and this, among other things, would complicate the plans of the Trump administration to combat the "Islamic state *" and in general with respect to the civil war in Syria, "plans for Iran, Russia and Afghanistan ". Le Pen would have shown "all the bad things that could be expected from Charles de Gaulle, but to a much greater extent," said New York Times Eliot Cohen, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a former employee of the George W. Bush administration. As is known, de Gaulle withdrew France from the NATO military organization and as a whole strove 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.