Both issues are compatible with a belief that the West needs to become more militaristic and increase military size and capability in order to survive existential conflict with/destroy the rest. The current US regime wants to walk the talk, and both shame and scare others such as Germany to join in — to win, not to save the US some trifling billions.

But it’s very convenient for dear leader’s minions that both issues also offer endless opportunities for images presenting dear leader as personally dominant and masculine.