“Clown runs for Prez: Trump throws rubber nose in GOP ring” ~ The NY Daily News, 2015.
Under Donald Trump, we truly are Making America Grating Again when it comes to foreign relations. For example, our mercurial President’s recent actions at the WWI ceremony honoring war dead were inexcusable.
Trump already had the audacity to dishonor a war hero in John McCain, while Trump managed to get a deferment for bone spurs. Our allies have their mouths hanging open as to how one-third of Americans can continue to support this divisive, uninformed, arrogant, and deceitful narcissist.
Now, he is withdrawing from Syria with no warning to our allies. Our foreign policy, as confoundingly enunciated by Trump during his European trips, is getting on the nerves of even our closest allies. Amazingly, he has more support from the Palestinians than from Canada, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Belgium and Germany!
“Globally, disapproval of U.S. leadership is highest in Norway (83%), a country that the President recently mentioned as a preferred source of migrants to the U.S. In 2017, more Norwegians disapproved of U.S. leadership than China’s (66%) or even the leadership of Russia (78%), a country that Norway has generally considered its top security threat.” Gallup (1-19-18).
Pre-Trump, our leaders attempted to speak and act graciously towards our allies. To be sure, things did not always turn out that way, but that was the goal of all of our former Presidents.
Trump is the only American President who has gone out of his way to alienate many of our allies, all the while cozying up to our traditional enemy, Russia, and the former KGB agent, Putin. Of course, when Mueller finalizes his report, it will be clear why.
In the meantime, let’s look at just a few of the inane statements and tweets he has made in the past, prior to his recent cemetery fiasco overseas:
• Mexico: “I will make Mexico pay for that wall.”(sure you will); “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
• Japan: “We’re better off if Japan protects itself.”
• China: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
• France: “Paris? I don’t go there anymore. Paris is no longer Paris.”
• Germany: “owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States,” (untrue)
• England: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” (out of context)
• Muslim nations: “(I’m) calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” ; “Another radical Islamic attack, this time in Pakistan…I alone can solve.”
• Africa: “Why are we having all these people from ****hole countries come here?”
• Korea: “rocket man”; “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”; ” (we’ll) totally destroy North Korea”
• Russia: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 [Hillary Clinton] emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”; “I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe (Scarborough).”; “(Putin) is not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine, all right.” (Crimea region of Ukraine was taken by Russia); “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man (Putin) so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”
Does it disturb you that we, the American people, chose someone with absolutely no governmental experience and foreign policy expertise, a man who had gone bankrupt numerous times, and stated that he paid no taxes because he is “smart”? Are you worried about the stability of the man who determines whether or not we go to war? Someone who has multiple conflicts of interest, always choosing what’s best for himself versus the nation?
Maybe now, after the 2018 blue tidal wave in the House and in state/local elections, the GOP leadership will at long last put country before party. But, given Mitch McConnell’s past actions, disregarding both Senate tradition and fair play, I sincerely doubt it. These are very bad times for our Republic.