So while Trump was tooling around Bedminster, New Jersey this morning Putin made himself busy partying in Austria. By the way Austria's 2nd largest trade partner is the United States--tied with Italy-- both behind Germany. Putin's next stop is Germany both a NATO member and Russia's largest importer-- Russia's 3rd largest for exports. Although Germany's exports to Russia ranks #14 and imports from Russia rank #26 doesn't mean Putin isn't swooping in trying to court them for a larger share. This during a time when Trump continues to chill our relations with them.
Year 2017 (preliminary results)
Looking at those tables if Trump wants to play hardball with Germany both China & France combined already do more business with it then the United States. So it isn't like we're the only game in town. Don't think China nor Russia aren't aware. Both have been hard at work with our trade partners. Germany's trade with China increased 35 percent in 2017. Fact is according to this publication both Berlin and Beijing are seeking a closer alliance and a coordinated strategy in response to US President Donald Trump’s protectionist agenda.
I think it should be quite easy to understand why. As Trump puts the squeeze on them with tariffs and sanctions against other countries why wouldn't they team up to get around them. It would be pretty stupid not to. If Donald keeps going around kicking everybody's ass it won't be long before the United States will be on the outside looking in.