Trump’s New Surprise: Armenia’s Attitude to Eccentric Statements

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“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over…”

This is the U.S. President Trump’s tweet, a little exalted, like Trump himself and the current global politics.

What should be the attitude to the current policy of the United States, what is Armenia’s attitude to the processes underway in the United States where they are actively preparing for the presidential elections? What is the state of things in the U.S. political system shaping Washington’s attitude to Armenia?

The fight between the Republicans and Democrats under Trump in the United States has reached high levels. The Democrats have initiated a process of impeachment following the Ukrainian scandal. Trump announced about “immediate impeachment” of Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff.

Note that Schiff is the co-chair of the Armenian Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The majority in this bipartisan group which was established in 1995 are democrats, which creates an ambiguous situation in the relations between Armenia and the Republican administration and eccentric Trump.

On October 1 a group of congressmen was expected to visit Armenia but only Frank Pallone arrived. Trump’s advisor Rudolph Giuliani had been invited to the EAEU summit but he cancelled his visit at the last minute. Note that Giuliani’s name featured in the Ukrainian scandal.

Armenia has traditionally worked with both Democrats and Republicans, without putting any difference between them. The question is whether the Democrats and Republicans have the same attitude to Armenia.

For example, recently Nikol Pashinyan has visited the editorial office of New York Times considered to be a democratic media outlet. Besides, addressing the UN, Pashinyan spoke about the revolution which is not the favorite topic of the conservative republicans. Some analysts think that since the strategic dialogue between Armenia and the United States is promoted by the Democrats, Trump’s administration tends to silence it. In addition, the democrats in the United States warmly welcome the revolutionary changes in Armenia.

The co-chair of the Armenian caucus, Democrat Frank Pallone visited Yerevan recently. Lately another two Congressmen of the Armenian group, Jackie Kanchelian Speier and Judy Choo, also Democrats, visited Armenia.

Pallone said Armenia is a Western country which believes in democracy and market relations. He said based on this they want to state the necessity of strategic relationships between Armenia and the United States.

Last week the delegation of the U.S. Department of State and Department of Energy was visiting Armenia which suggested building a small photovoltaic station at the nuclear power station and help with the management of radioactive waste. The Armenian side expressed interest in the prospect of building a small modular reactor.



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