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Trump to China: You Need Oil from Iran, So Protect Your Own Ships... We've Already Got All We Need

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President Donald Trump dropped a massive threat on China on Monday morning, tweeting that the Asian giant might soon have to protect its own interests in the dangerous waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

Trump’s tweets are consistent with his previous statements questioning the United States’ role as the world’s police force.

“So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation. All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey,” Trump tweeted.

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“We don’t even need to be there in that the U.S. has just become (by far) the largest producer of Energy anywhere in the world!” Trump said in his follow-up tweet.

“The U.S. request for Iran is very simple – No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror!”

The possibility of economic danger to China under this scenario is great.

Trump knows that China, like many others nations, depends on safe passage through the strait for much of its oil.

Do you think Trump is right about China getting a free ride from the U.S. Navy's protection?

“Any blockage of the strait would have serious consequences for its economy,” Reuters reported of China’s dependence on oil shipments through the region.

In 2018, oil flow through the strait averaged 21 million barrels per day, the equivalent of about 21 percent of global petroleum liquids consumption, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

That is why, historically, the United States has worked to keep the area safe for all countries that use it.

Trump’s tweets stand out as a huge departure — both from American precedent, but also from China’s understanding of its free ride through the strait.

It can’t be overstated how Trump’s move could expose a nasty rift between China and Russia.

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Russia stands to gain from increased exports to China, but the price to China would be higher. China would feel that squeeze.

Trump notes that the reason he can make such a threat is America’s increased energy independence.

Indeed, as Bloomberg reported at the end of 2018, America became a “net oil exporter … breaking almost 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil.”

Energy independence has been a domestic goal for the U.S. since then-President Nixon stated it in 1973.

Now, the United States is likely to achieve it for the first time in 2020, according to a new report from U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Trump’s statements make it crystal clear why energy independence is crucial, not just to our domestic economy, but to our international position.

If we truly have energy independence, then we are free to negotiate and deal with bad actors in a way that protects American interests first.

And that is always a good thing.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
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Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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