The World Is Not Impressed With Us …

Yesterday I came across an article in the German publication, der Spiegel,  about Donald Trump:

A Danger to the World … It’s Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump

Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.

Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.

He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media’s tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.

Trump is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump’s confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.

Witnessing an American Tragedy

Trump is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn’t care that his spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I’m president after all.

After reading this, I wondered what other countries thought, so I went in search of information, and here is what I found:

From El País (Spain) on 19 May 2017:

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Trump Investigated

Although he hopes to, Trump cannot insulate himself from a political climate which grows ever more precarious with every passing day.

Once again, the incumbent in the White House has shown signs of a total and reckless failure to understand the responsibilities of the position he holds. His opaque relationship, and that of a large number of his team, with Russia, a rival great power to the U.S., is a topic of extreme gravity. As much as Trump tries to deflect the controversy and give the appearance of normalcy to the intimate relationship he has with Putin, neither his campaign team’s contacts with the Kremlin nor his intelligence leaks on terrorism to Moscow are acceptable. Even less so is his response, thuggish and raucous, to accusations over his relations with Russia and the pressure he piled on FBI Director James Comey, in order to protect himself and his subordinates from the investigation.

It is also worth mentioning the president’s ridiculous claim that “no politician in history has been treated more unfairly.” The list of people who stand above him in this regard is endless. Rather than spouting nonsense on Twitter, Trump ought to cooperate fully with the authorities, adhere to the law and clear up exactly what has happened with regard to some of these serious incidents.

From (Russia) on 3 May 2017

Life.ruThe Middle East Is Not Letting Trump Go

Trump repeatedly said that he does not need the Middle East … But he has underestimated its importance.

It’s already been 100 days since the eccentric Donald Trump became president of the United States. And thus, it’s already been three months since the global community began trying to guess and predict the next step of the billionaire who is now in charge of the Oval Office.

There is no doubt that the U.S. president’s policy will be transformed. Those things that Trump said during the election campaign and things that he will make come true will not be the same things. This was early Trump. Some 100 days later, he was replaced by an average Trump.

The Middle East will not let the U.S. go, but how Trump and his team will react to it is unclear. It is hoped that the region will not return to the old and still not forgotten state, the way it was under President Bush.

From Excélsior (Mexico) on 14 May 2017


Trump’s Visit To The East

Trump has … failed with domestic politics, and … his problematic character, lack of experience, and tendency to lie and cheat will be … similarly revealed in … international relations.

Trump has categorically failed with domestic politics, and soon his problematic character, lack of experience, and tendency to lie and cheat will be known and similarly revealed in the field of international relations.

From Huanqiu (China) on 1 May 2017


The Trump Administration’s First 100 Days – Has the US Changed?

Trump’s aspiration to fundamentally change American politics is separated from reality, the thwarted implementation of his policies inevitable.

Trump’s aspiration to fundamentally change American politics is separated from reality, the thwarted implementation of his policies inevitable. First of all, giving power back to the people is not an empty political slogan. To achieve a change of power of this kind would first require a fundamental systematic change to a form of government which serves the people. As a very rich man, Trump clearly has no intention of overthrowing the current capitalist system which serves the rich.

The claims Trump made during his election campaign regarding rapidly improving relations with Russia, calling NATO outdated, and claims of putting China under pressure have proved inopportune and not beneficial to the U.S.

Significantly reducing taxes for businesses and citizens to raise the economic competitiveness of the American economy, to promote economic growth and to increase citizens’ income will no doubt make a bad situation worse considering the $20 trillion deficit. Hoping for rapid economic growth to increase household incomes by cutting taxes is very likely to fail. During the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the federal budget deadlock has once again caused problems for the White House, with both parties playing games which threaten the regular functioning of government. This just demonstrates Trump’s inability to overcome the restrictions of the capitalist system’s market dominance to implement real change. Fundamentally closing the widening gap between the rich and poor, racial discrimination, increase in violent crime, and fierce political battles are problems that are so hard to solve they feel unachievable.

‘Twould seem that the Trump regime is indeed the laughingstock of the global community, though the laughter is tongue-in-cheek, as other nations realize, even when Trump does not, that we are all inter-connected and what Trump does has the potential to send shock waves round the world.  We laugh at the antics of a clown, but somewhere deep inside, we are frightened.

34 thoughts on “The World Is Not Impressed With Us …

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  2. Thank you so much for this article. I, like many here, find it difficult to disagree with the points you make. More-so, I appreciate the lengths of effort you have gone through to see what other world publications are saying about Trump. Context is King, and it’s essential for us to expand our horizons and read deeper. Given our degraded reputation on the world stage, I’m truly curious to see who emerges to fill the vacuum of leadership, as Trump takes as further into his isolationist policies. Thanks again!!

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    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! Yes, right now my best bets are Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron for taking more of the leadership role that the U.S. once had. So much is changing so fast, and it is very difficult to see or imagine what the world will look like ten years from now. I wish I could come back in 100 years just to see how the historians treat this period! Thanks again!


  3. Yes, Der Spiegel is always in for a spicy comment or two… 😉 And basically we are all getting neck problems from so much head shaking … sigh. – By the way, what struck me most the last few days (apart from the ongoing soap of who-is-going-to-speak-before-which-committee-about-the-Russian-connections) was the headline that Trump plans on cutting down on programs for the poor (food and medical aid) … what a nice man he is….

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    • Yes, he is planning to cut back on everything that would benefit people, including environmental issues, education, healthcare, programs to benefit the poor & disabled, but increasing funds for our already-bloated military, and also directing monies for his damn wall that I think, I hope, will never be built. I cannot imagine his budget, as it stands, will pass through Congress, especially the Senate, and of course I personally hope that he will be long gone by the time it comes up for a vote. 🙂

      And as to the neck problems for so much head-shaking … I understand! The other night, I shook my head so much that I literally started hearing a rattle in there. I’m not sure if I just dislodged something, or if my brain is rattling around. 🙂


  4. Dear Jill,
    The only countries that might take a second look at us are those headed by folks like Bashar al-Assad, Turkey’s President Erdogan, President Putin, etc.
    Otherwise he is like the girl at the dance who no one wants to ask for a dance.
    Hugs, Gronda

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  5. Methinks I spy shark fins circling.
    The speech in the Middle East went down well with governments, but that’s talking local politics with a world-wide dimension.
    It’s the big boys and girls in Russia, China, Europe(old hands at the games) and South America (yep! still can cause you trouble) who need to be impressed too.

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    • Yep … plenty of sharks in this ocean. Whatever he does on this jaunt to the Middle East is all for show. The speeches were written by his handlers, he will likely, unless he finds an opportunity to go ‘off script’, say all the right things, make mostly the right gestures, and the leaders with whom he meets will nod and smile. His hope is that by showing how “presidential” he is, the world, and in particular the U.S., will forget about all the scandal that is currently engulfing him and his regime in flames. I don’t buy any of it, and neither do the leaders of the world, unless they are brainless twits, and I don’t think they are. But make no mistake … he will return to the U.S. patting himself on the back and sticking feathers in his cap, speaking of how ‘great’ he was, how he solved the problems in the Middle East, and how everybody ‘loved’ him. Pass the ginger ale. 😦

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      • Every presidential hopeful starts out by saying they will concern themselves more with Home Issues, and then when even the best of them gets in power and up pops ‘The International’ find they either have to get involved or get involved because they have a freer hand than with home policy.
        But The Homefront does not go away
        (Make mine a club soda with a twist of lemon👍)

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        • No, the homefront doesn’t go away, but they are easily distracted, it would seem. Rather like the child who, when about to stick a spoon handle into the electrical outlet, can be distracted by a bright, shiny toy or a cookie. Trump is great at passing around cookies … only problem is, they’re stale. And moldy. Still, some of us plan to keep right on sticking the spoon handle in the outlet … perhaps that isn’t the best analogy after all … 😀 At any rate, if he thinks he will come home and all the scandals and accusations will be forgotten, he is wrong! I’m still confused over the arms sales to the Saudis, when he criticized Obama for a much smaller arms sale to them a few years back.

          Club soda with a twist coming right up. Try it with a twist of lime … a nice change of pace. 🙂

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  6. Jill, I have a hard time finding things to disagree with in these articles. If this man continues a full term, historians will look back at this period when the US gave up its position as the leader of the free world. In fact, when he met with Angela Merkel, it was billed as the leader of the free world meets with US President. I read today that the remaining trans-Pacific partners are negotiating without the US, since we are being obstinate. Thanks for making folks aware of our falling standing, as Putin laughs at his creation. Keith

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    • Same here. I truly believe that there is not a single nation that actually has respect for him. Yes, I read that about the Trans-Pacific Partnership … they should go on without us … the whole world cannot just simply stop and wait for Trump to have a coherent thought … it would likely be a long wait! In case you’re interested, there is a website called Watching America that posts opinions of America from all over the world … that’s where I got these snippets. Some interesting reads there.

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      • Jill, when you think about this, we are declining to be at the table. The same would hold true if we back away from Paris Climate Change agreement. The rest of the world would move on, while we play in our sand box. Keith

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