– We are used to seeing America as a beacon of democracy, market economy and individual freedom in the world. If we get a completely different policy here, it will have dramatic consequences for Norway, says Sven Melby.
A retired researcher at Norway’s Foreign Policy Institute (NUPI) and the Institute for Security Studies (IFS) fears that the US is moving in a direction that makes Norway easy prey for Russia. This fear has not abated since the bombshell book from Jeffrey Berman, a former division chief at the Justice Department.
– I shudder to think that Trump will be re-elected president. All the dangerous and shocking things he did last term as president will be repeated. The difference is, Berman, a Republican, says in an interview that he will win by a significant margin next time. MSNBC.
He wanted to blame the critics
Berman makes stunning claims in “Holding the Line” about how Trump has used the judiciary as his personal attack dog:
- Trump wanted top Democrat John Kerry impeached after Kerry criticized Trump for pulling the US out of the Iran deal. Berman refused.
- The Trump camp asked Berman to investigate Barack Obama’s former adviser, “to get things over with by indicting a Democrat” as Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen have been indicted. Berman refused.
- The Trump camp demanded that Berman remove references to Trump or “Individual 1” in the indictment against Cohen, who was convicted of violating campaign laws while working as Trump’s lawyer. Berman often did this.
Berman’s accusations carry extra weight because he is from the same party, he volunteered for Trump and it was Trump who appointed him to the top job in the Justice Department.
– It should be more convincing than previous books about Trump. In any case, I allow myself to be shocked by this, says American expert Eric Bergeson.
The US Senate has already announced Examining the claims in the book.
– In a normal world, this Berman book would be crushed. Bergeson notes that a former Republican attorney general says Trump is pushing bureaucrats to prosecute his critics is sensational.
America is worthless without it
Bookmakers Today it is believed that Trump will win the next presidential election in the United States in 2024.
What scares Melby is that many districts are electing Trump loyalists to responsible roles in future local elections, while many Trump loyalists will also be elected to Congress this fall. If it goes in Donald Trump’s favor, normal laws and regulations are more likely to be set aside.
Trump has also floated the idea of serving as president beyond the law’s maximum limit of eight years.
– Then there are almost no limits to what he can do, says Melby, who sees Trump, for example, pulling the US out of NATO. He argued earlier.
With his background as a security researcher, Melby is naturally concerned with how dependent Norway is on the United States in terms of our ability to secure the country’s borders.
This title is further substantiated by one of Norway’s neighbors, Russia, going to war against another country without provocation.
The defense of Norway’s borders is largely based on the NATO alliance, which requires member states to help each other if they are attacked.
– A NATO without the Americans is not worth the paper it is written on, to be completely honest, Melbi tells TV2.
– And Trump’s basic idea, if you’ve followed him, you know is that alliances are wasteful and costly. He sees this as a fruitless calculation.
– Should we in Norway be worried that Trump will be re-elected?
– Yes. Absolutely. We have put all our security policies in the American basket. If democracy fails in America and Trump returns in 2024, we will fight. It may soon be a completely different America that we speak of, governed according to completely different principles than what we are used to.
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