“Greek Voices for Trump,” a group which has tasked itself with the reelection of President Trump to another term, released a statement to the press recently which lays out the reasons why it believes the sitting president is the best choice to lead the country.
Stating that it would like to “empower and unite the Greek American community to re-elect President Donald J. Trump,” it says that the President will enable continued economic opportunity, more jobs, lower taxes, safer communities, and a stronger America which embraces the ideals of the American Dream.
His reelection, in their view, would provide increased cooperation with our allies to promote global peace, stability, security, and prosperity, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Stating that “the United States has been a stalwart ally and supporter of Greece since its independence in 1821,” Greek Voices for Trump goes on to relate that “the U.S. and Greece have fought side by side in defense of freedom and liberty in multiple wars against tyranny and communism, including World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.”
US — Greek relations “Best they ever were”
Listing the things that President Trump has accomplished for Greece in his administration, and the current state of US-Greek relations, the group says that both President Trump and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis have asserted that US-Greece relations are “the best they ever were” under the Trump Administration.
President Trump, the group notes, is the first president in modern history to shift US foreign policy to favor Greece as the most strategic and reliable ally in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The sitting president also signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which allocated $47.85 million for improvements to the facilities at the U.S. Naval base at Souda Bay, Crete, and commissioned the United States Navy ship the USS Hershel Williams to be permanently based there.
Additionally, President Trump is the only U.S. president in modern history to sanction and tariff Turkey, and the State Department has urged Turkey to halt their aggressive acts against Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Greek Voices for Trump also stated that the Trump administration additionally urged Turkey to reverse their provocative decision to reopen Varosha in occupied northern Cyprus and to bring a diplomatic resolution to the Cyprus question.
Additionally, they state that the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 was passed under the leadership of President Trump, and he also lifted the arms embargo on Cyprus, which had lasted 33 years.
Other Cyprus-related accomplishments of the Trump administration include the announcement that it will provide international military education and training
(IMET) to the Republic of Cyprus.
CYCLOPS Joint Security Training Center
The Trump Administration and the Republic of Cyprus also greatly enhanced their relationship this year, through the creation of a joint security training center known as CYCLOPS, which was promoted during Secretary of State Pompeo’s recent visit to Cyprus and Greece.
The Trump Administration also signed two historic, groundbreaking peace agreements – one with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and another with Serbia and Kosovo — which advances peace and stability in regions surrounding Greece, Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.
In the realm of trade and investment, Greek Voices for Trump stated that the US and Greece exchanged nearly $3 Billion in trade in 2019.
Additionally, the historic U.S. — Greece Science & Technology Agreement was signed and implemented under the leadership of President Trump, which leads the way for U.S. companies such as Pfizer, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla to invest in Greece.
Greek products exempted from EU Tariffs
In another important move, which led to Greece breathing a collective sigh of relief recently, President Trump exempted Greek olive oil, cheese, wine, and other iconic products from the US tariffs recently imposed on EU goods.
Regarding Americans’ basic constitutional right of religious freedom, President Trump also met with newly-appointed Archbishop Elpidophoros on two occasions to discuss religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other important issues related to the Greek Orthodox Church.