This is my second Current Events post. I am writing about two articles from Time magazine on Japanese and U.S. relations, and E.U. and American relations (in light of Russia). I decided to alternate between international politics and domestic politics for my weekly current events post.
In the first article President Trump and the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, plan to make trade between the US and Japan free. Trump is sending a missile defense system to Japan. But Abe is unhappy that Trump removed the Pacific Trade Agreement, canceling free trade between several nations in the Pacific Ocean.
I learned that even though I don’t always agree with Trump, some proposals I think are smart. The free trade between Japan and the U.S. will make our trade more prosperous.
In the next article I read that the E.U. has growing diplomatic tension with the U.S. The leader of the E.U.’s public face and executive branch, Jean-Claude Juncker, said in an interview that Russian forces have started to meddle with several European elections. He states that the U.S. can’t make a unilateral decision regarding Russia (removing sanctions?) without consulting the Europeans.
I have learned that currently our relation with the E.U. has gotten worse since Donald Trump openly criticized the E.U. and is neutral with Russia.
A part of my homeschooling agenda is to learn about events going on all around the world. I will have a weekly current events post based on my reading of Time magazine. For this blog post, I have decided to write about an article on Chuck Schumer and Donald Trump.
The title of this article is “The Face of the Opposition: Inside Chuck Schumer’s plan to take on President Trump.” Since President Donald Trump was elected, the democratic party has become the minority party. The question of this article asks “Do the Democrats Matter?” The Republicans have more power in the Senate because they are the majority party. Therefore many, if not all proposals passed by Trump are more difficult for the Democratic party to stop from becoming a law. That is why the big question of this article is “Do the Democrats matter?”.
It is obvious that Trump and Schumer have been rivals for a very long time. They have been arguing for years about real-estate and politics. But though they are rivals, they are both New Yorkers and have done business with each other. They have known each other, and have been dealing with each other for a really long time. One thing I found interesting is that the Trump family has funded many of Schumer’s campaigns.
What I learned from this article is that even though Trump and Schumer are the leaders of two different parties, they have known each other for a long time. I think Trump will use the fact that his family funded Schumer’s campaigns as a weapon to possibly “use” the Democratic party. This teaches me that money is a source of persuasion. Money can cloud judgments made by important leaders in our country.