DGAP expert sees Trump’s influence on international politics growing

Donald Trump wins the TV debate against President Joe Biden – and is already gaining influence on international politics, says security expert Christian Mölling.

According to security expert Christian Mölling, Donald Trump will once again become a factor in international politics before the US presidential election. Mölling is research director of the German Council on Foreign Relations. On Friday, he said in the stern podcast “The situation – international” that the weaker the camp of his rival Joe Biden becomes, the more influence Trump will gain. The Republican ex-president of the USA wants to be re-elected in November – and has apparently come closer to this goal in a TV debate with his erratic-looking successor Joe Biden.

Trump announced on the CNN broadcast, among other things, that he would end the war in Ukraine before a possible inauguration next January. Mölling said that Trump’s words would carry even more weight after an election victory in November. He was optimistic, however, that Trump would not seek to sell out Ukraine. There is information that Trump has corrected his line on Ukraine after the security authorities had made it clear to him in a briefing what the issue was actually about.

“I don’t think there will be a sell-out of Ukraine – because that would have negative consequences for US interests,” said Mölling. In addition, a US president cannot act alone. The government apparatus will have to balance out what it must at least do in order not to neutralize the boss’s words – and what it can leave out in order to protect American interests.

“Putin and Trump are passing the ball to each other”

Mölling made it clear that for Russia and China, Trump would be a more pleasant US president than Biden. The Russian nuclear threats are also aimed at the US public, where Trump accuses his opponent of risking a world war while presenting himself as a guarantor of peace. “Of course, Putin is passing the ball to Trump,” says the expert. This is a deliberate strategy, “because Trump can present himself not only as a dealmaker, but also as a peacemaker.”

Mölling pointed out that Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly dependent on outside help. This endangers Russia’s status, which could become a subordinate power to China. The question for the USA then arises: “Who am I actually talking to, the cook or the waiter?”