Tomorrow, the already discomfiting sight of Donald Trump in the White House will get a bizarre new twist, when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras comes calling. You know, the formerly pony-tailed ex-Communist who leads a country once unfavorably compared to Puerto Rico meeting the orange-hued tragicomic caricature of the sort of cynical capitalism who spent his electoral campaign bashing his predecessor as a socialist and who used his recent podium time at the UN to deliver a timely message opposing the socialism and communism that Tsipras has dedicated his life to.
That said, the two novice politicians have more in common that one might think. Both, for instance, are not especially devoted to truth or reality, according to this guy.
This "goes back to this issue of populism," Vasileios Gkionakis, head of global FX strategy at UniCreditBank, told CNBC's Squawk Box Monday.
"For populism to be able to gain acceptance, spread and potentially govern, you actually need a lot of hearsay," he reasoned. Certain politicians rely on pulling "claims out of thin air, without really having the numbers to back them up," a process which he related to Tsipras' election amid the Greek debt crisis.
They’re also both not especially enamored of the Turks or the European Union right now. And even though Greece doesn’t have much money to spend, it spends a greater proportion of that money on defense, unlike those NATO freeloaders to the north. And both seem to think Vladimir Putin is a swell guy.
Tsipras will also seek to make the most of the crisis in American-Turkish relations by making the case that Athens is a reliable partner….
Trump himself reportedly has a positive image of Greece as he stated during an event at the White House in March to mark Greek Independence Day.
Moreover, Trump and his associates are well aware that, despite its financial crisis, Greece is one of the few NATO member-countries that spends more than 2 percent of its GDP on defense.