This is a perspective Americans need to hear.
With the weekend’s Group of 7 summit of the world’s leading industrialized nations wrapping up in France, most news consumers could be forgiven for thinking the meeting was an unmitigated disaster for President Donald Trump.
The media was full of accounts of discord — but according to Fox News’ Stuart Varney, those stories were missing the big picture.
For a normal person who scans headlines, for instance, the biggest news might have seemed to be Trump’s decision to skip the G-7 meeting on “climate change.”
In an article that required the effort of four writers, The Associated Press openly mocked the president’s absence. “One empty chair at G-7 climate meeting: Trump’s,” read the headline.
Or maybe the big story was that Trump had suggested holding next year’s G-7 summit at his own Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort.
As NBC News put it oh-so-objectively: “Trump wants to host the 2020 G-7 meeting at his Miami golf course. Can he do that?”
But Varney saw something more important taking place. Trump, he said, “dominated” the G-7 meeting “like no other president has done in years.”
“No matter what you read and hear from the media, this G-7 was all about Trump realigning the world,” Varney said in his “My Take” segment Monday. “Reshaping the world economy with America’s interests first and foremost.”
“Trade was the headline issue,” Varney said. “A deal with Japan — they will import a lot more of our agricultural product. Britain gets a major trade deal after Brexit, and there’s dialogue with Germany on car tariffs as well, but the most important — China, and there looks to be progress. There’s progress there, too.”
The Trump-hating media is likely to spend a lot more time harping on Trump’s absence from pointless “climate change” meetings that won’t accomplish anything than on an actual deal with Japan that, as USA Today reported, will aid U.S. farmers.
Discord between the United States and its traditional allies is much more in tune with the media narrative of the Trump administration than, say, Trump’s discussions with new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reported by The Associated Press, for a trade deal between the two countries when the U.K. finally completes its Brexit arrangements.
In short, major progress with major trading partners were triumphs of the Trump trip. And Varney said the president had even bigger fish to fry — the current trade war with China.
“But the point here is that Mr. Trump is lining up allies all around the world to confront China’s rogue trading practices. And he is making progress,” Varney said.
“The Europeans are frankly scared of America,” he said. “Their economies are sinking, they’ve entered the fantasy land of negative interest rates. Their money is pouring over here and they just don’t know what to do.
“My advice? Jump on the Trump train and quit whining about Iran and climate change.”
That’s not likely anytime soon — either by European governments or the media. But Americans deserve to know what Trump was accomplishing in Europe, just as much as they need to hear where the country is not getting along with its allies.
The mainstream media is interested in only one half of that equation — the discord. For the other perspective, Stuart Varney is one of the few voices in the media who’s willing to give it.
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