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Trump Administration Gets Germany to Pull More of Its Weight by Increasing Defense Spending

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Deutsche Welle reported that total military spending at the global level reached $1.9 trillion (€1.7 trillion) in 2019.

This represented the highest total in real terms since 1988.

In Germany’s case, spending increased by 10 percent to 49.3 billion. Germany’s increase in spending was the largest spike in defense spending among the world’s top 15 countries.

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“There’s been pressure on Germany to increase its military expenditure since before the Trump administration,” declared Max Mutschler from the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), a foreign policy research institute. “The impact of this pressure is now becoming clear. However, one has to say that expenditure is still well below the 2% mark.”

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During a NATO summit in Wales in 2014, members reached an agreement to pitch in at least 2% of their GDP on defense within the next decade. In 2019, Germany’s military expenditure accounted for 1.38 percent of its GDP.

Throughout his presidency, President Donald Trump has made it a point for NATO countries to pull their own weight in terms of defense spending.

So far, it seems his pressure has made an impact.

It’s been over 70 years since World War II concluded.

The U.S. no longer has to be the world’s policeman.

Countries will now have to pull their own weight and not have to rely on the U.S. to always save them.

The Trump administration offers a fresh perspective to the defense-industry controlled administrations of his predecessors,

Although he still has work to do in terms of getting out of never-ending wars in the Middle East, Trump has shown that he can get some progress made on foreign policy matters.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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