Little Donnie Dark Runs Amok Across The Pond …

We should never have let him out of the big White House, let alone allow him to visit our friends on the other side of the pond.  We knew, didn’t we, that he would embarrass us.  We knew that he has no manners, is rude & crude, destined to offend somebody on a near-hourly basis.  But still, we allowed not only him, but also his family to go abroad and further our image as the laughingstock of the globe.

As the song from the Sound of Music starts … let’s start at the very beginning … with Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis fed Little Donnie Dark’s ego in a B-I-G way, plastering his image on a 5-story-high billboard in Riyadh.  Saudi citizens were warned to avoid the area, as the image tended to cause symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and depression.

saudi-trump-picture-1They rolled out the red carpet for him at King Khalid airport in Riyadh and there was even a a military brass band and a fighter jet flyover.  Y’know … this is rather like sending your kid to grandma’s house for a weekend … when they come back they are so spoiled, so full of themselves.  And this “kid” was already an egomaniac!

saudi-trump-pic-2The first awkward moment came as Trump accepted a prestigious award from King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saturday. As he bowed his head to receive the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud, the country’s highest civilian honour, Trump appeared to curtsy.  Yes, curtsy … you know, Shirley Temple, ladies addressing their queen back in the olden days … curtsy.

temple-curtsy

Note that Trump had strongly criticized President Obama for bowing to King Abdullah in 2009.

Trump, surrounded by Saudi officials, bopped back and forth with a smile on his face, while White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn busted out more demure moves in the Saudi sword dance known as the ‘ardah’.

ardah

I cannot believe they entrusted him with a lethal weapon!!!

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi added another layer to an already bloated ego, saying, “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” Trump replied, “I agree. Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes.”  Oh woe, woe, thrice woe!!!  I am hanging my head in shame …

And then he travelled on …

To Israel, where he proclaimed that he had just returned from the Middle East.  Um, Donnie … Israel IS in the Middle East.

mid-east-map

See it … over on the left next to Jordan?

The thing most people here in the U.S. focused on was when, after disembarking from Air Force One, Trump and Melania were walking down the red carpet, he appears to attempt to take her hand, and she appears to slap it away.  I don’t blame her … I wouldn’t hold his hand either!

Several days ago, I read that Netanyahu had to order his ministers to attend the ceremony for Trump at the airport, as a number of them planned to boycott.  I cannot blame them … I would have called in sick that day.

Moving on to his visit with the Pope in Vatican City … in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words …

papal visitAnd there was more polishing of his ego when Trump received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard upon his arrival.  Don’t these people realize that his ego is already big enough???  Good grief … we will need to soak his head in ice for 72 hours when he returns to Washington, just to get the swelling down!

ice bucket

I’m not sure what the context of this was, but I thought it was funny:  Pope Francis’ interpreter was heard translating a comment by the pope to the First Lady: “What do you give him to eat?”  One could speculate that he was referring to his girth … or …

Pope Francis gave Trump a signed copy of his 2017 peace message whose title is “Nonviolence – A Style of Politics for Peace”, and a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the need to protect the environment from the effects of climate change.  I think the Pope is trying to provide a message here …

And last, but certainly not least, we have Trump’s visit to Belgium and NATO.

Now, remember Trump bowed and curtsied to Saudi King Salman and promised Saudi Arabia and other Sunni dictatorships that they “will never question our support,” adding, “We are not here to lecture.” This, despite the fact that the Saudi government, along with Qatar, has been “providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Daesh and other radical Sunni groups in the region.” Saudi nationals make up the second-largest group of foreign fighters in Daesh and, by some accounts, the largest in the terrorist group’s Iraqi operations. The kingdom is in a tacit alliance with al-Qaeda in Yemen.

And also remember that we are a member of NATO, Belgium is a part of the EU, one of our longest, most trusted allies, but Trump treats them far less cordially than he treated King Salman.

As Karen Attiah, writing for the Washington Post so succinctly put it: “Trump was the party guest whom no one really wants to deal with but has to — because he has more money than anyone else. The party guest who shows up and berates the hosts for not paying for their fair share of the defense spending cake.”

Akbar Shahid Ahmed, a Huffington Post writer, tweeted, “Brutal details on Trump’s interactions with NATO peers. Far cry from obsequiousness & real sense of camaraderie, rebuilding in Saudi.”

“Tea pot meet kettle. Funny how a businessman who gets out of paying his fair share of taxes and tries to change laws to give the rich an even bigger break is lecturing others on paying their way. The hypocrisy.” – Anonymous tweeter

Trump refused to reiterate the U.S.’ support of Article 5, which affirms that NATO members will come to the mutual defense of any member that is under attack. Every president since Harry Truman in 1949 has pledged to honour Article 5 … but Trump refused. If NATO allies were nervous about the United States’ commitment to Europe’s security before, they must be fuming now. What a slap in the face to our friends, our allies.  I am so ashamed of this ‘man’.

In a blunt address, he said directly that 23 of the 28 Nato members were not paying their fair share towards its costs and warned that was unfair to the American taxpayer.  I will go into more detail in another post, but Trump does not understand how NATO works. It is not one of his businesses, and it also isn’t Trump’s place to lecture the ministers of other nations.  One comment I read noted the irony of a man who has declared bankruptcy multiple times and shafted contractors many, many times, has the gall to lecture about ‘paying one’s bills’.  I concur.

Trump . . . apparently decided to air his grievances over Germany’s trade surplus with the U.S. “The Germans are evil, very evil,” Trump reportedly complained in the meeting, attendees told German newspaper Der Spiegel. “Look at the millions of cars they sell in the U.S. We’ll stop that.” Der Spiegel reported that E.U. Commission leader Jean-Claude Juncker disagreed with Trump, defending the merits of free trade for the global economy. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman notes that depending on the translation, Trump may have been calling the Germans merely “very bad” and not “very evil.” It should be noted that the factories where those German cars are produced are in the U.S., manned by U.S. workers, using many parts made in the U.S.  Shoot yourself in the foot, Donnie-boy.

And lastly, an incident of which I’m sure you’ve all heard by now:  As the leaders began to group themselves for the formal summit photograph, Mr Trump appeared to emerge from the back of the pack and firmly push out of the way Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro – which is about to join the alliance. The American leader is then seen to draw himself to his full height, ready for the picture.

shoving

after the shoveWe have a spoiled brat, a 70-year-old bully in the White House.  That is our problem and of our making.  But it is unconscionable for us to impose his ugliness, his hostility, his crudeness upon the rest of the world, particularly our friends … if, in fact, we have any friends left.  As always, he treats our antagonists much better than he treats our friends.  I am ashamed and embarrassed by this man and his behaviour on this trip, as I knew I would be.  It boils down to one word:  respect.  Donald Trump respects nobody and it is painfully obvious. He must never again be allowed to represent us abroad.

 

44 thoughts on “Little Donnie Dark Runs Amok Across The Pond …

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  3. Let’s not forget him complaining to the Belgium leader that how difficult it is to get permits for building golf courses in the EU, his handshake battle with Macron and the fact that he accused the NATO members of not contributing while standing in front of a memorial for the invoking of Article 5 in response to 9/11 on behalf of the US and all the NATO soldiers who died in the so called war against terror.

    I am sure the NATO leader could have gotten whatever they wanted from him if they had treated him like a kind instead of an equal between equals, no more important than anyone else and getting judged mostly on his own merit. But I am glad, that they didn’t. Especially since Trump’s face when Macron greeted Merkel (because she was the host) before him was hilarious.

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    • All good points! And then there was the way he made a shambles of the G7 … I am sure that the others are trying to find a way to not invite him to the next one! He is an embarrassment and a shame to what was once a respected nation. 😥

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  4. How many of these leaders were just playing him to gratify his ego while at the same time seeking ways to minimize the damage to their countries resulting from his misguided leadership.

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    • The majority, if not all, of these leaders have the one thing Trump does not have … respect. They would not dream of treating him as he has treated them, for they are much more dignified, courteous and respectful. But I am with you in that they are no doubt working on ways to circumvent having to deal with him much, and they will move on without the U.S. on such things as environmental protections and trade.

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  5. What can I add to this article where everything is said? This man has come to Europe with an arrogance that has surpassed everything we could imagine. I lived three years in the US and I knew wise, hospitable and wonderful people, nothing to do with the image of the US that this grotesque creature is spreading throughout the world.

    In his bizarre journey, Trump has not visited a library, nor a restaurant, nor a neighborhood, he has only talked about money and arms. Not a single kind word to the people of the countries he has visited, but quite the contrary. All this, proves that it is not a leader, but a delirious and dangerous subject. For me, he does not represent the people of the US, to whom I send affectionate greetings.

    Thank you for your article.

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    • Thank you, my new friend, and welcome to my blog! Yes, Trump is arrogant beyond belief and most of us here in the U.S. are embarrassed and ashamed of the treatment he gave to our allies in Europe, especially in light of how he fawned over the Saudi king who is NOT our friend. He is, indeed a dangerous man and I cannot imagine that he will last four years as president. But then … sigh … I could not believe he would be elected, so my predictions are not always spot on. Again thank you!

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    • Hahaha … you really deserve it, since I have had Sound of Music songs playing in my head for over a week now, which is where the “let’s start at the very beginning” remark came from. I thought of you as I wrote that and grinned an evil grin. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  6. He’s a very strange man. However, here in England our minds are on other things. Many of us are coming around to President Trump’s way of thinking that people for certain Middle Eastern countries, (and people who have visited Syria), should be denied entry to the United Kingdom.

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    • Given the events of earlier this week, I can certainly understand that sentiment. But 99% of all Muslims are peace-loving people and I still think it is unconscionable to ban them all from seeking a safe haven based on the actions of so few. But then … you and I have had this discussion before and as always, we can disagree respectfully. Hugs, dear Jack! ❤

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      • The outpouring of Muslim rage about the attacks in England this last week and the charity and love and community spirit they have espoused have been wonderful to behold. There are bad apples in all religions – I for one never thought all Catholics were to blame for IRA atrocities and should be banned from the country (especially since that would have meant I would be banished, though I wouldn’t mind having to live in a Catholic country like Spain or Italy tbh!).

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        • It was the same here after 9/11 … the local mosques went out of their way to show love, caring and support. Unfortunately, there were so many threats against the mosques that they needed 24/7 police protection for several months. Yes, there ARE bad apples in every religion and we cannot judge a person by their religion, ethnicity, skin colour … only by their actions.

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  7. Jill, as noted in my post, I at least give him credit for going to the Middle East. Yet, failed to realize he was speaking to autocratic Sunni leaders, who have a hand in causing the disenfranchisement which invites terrorists in. Yes, we need to be guarded with Iran, but they once again voted for a moderate and with a median age of 35, we can actually help alter the future paradigm through trade. Yet, most Muslims live outside of the region and he did not speak much about them.

    As for his Europe journey, he treated our allies with disdain. He could have made his points without alienating folks, but he relishes in jerking people’s chain. He was indeed the ugly American, especially when he condoned the GOP Montana candidate for beating up a reporter. Keith

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    • Yes, dear Keith … you are kinder than I am. 🙂 I am so disgusted and disheartened over his treatment of our allies that it has, perhaps, made it difficult or even impossible for me to give the man credit for anything. At any rate … his affection for the Saudis is a puzzle … or rather it highlights his ignorance. The Saudis contribute greatly to Daesh, and 15 of the 19 9/11 highjackers were from Saudi Arabia. Trump considers Iran to be the biggest enemy, which as you point out, they are significantly more moderate than other Middle Eastern nations, while at the same time he panders to the Saudis. Along with Duterte, Putin, Erdogan.

      And yes, his support of Gianforte was a disgrace. No wonder he did not speak out against the Turkish guards who abused U.S. protestors in Washington … he applauds that behaviour. Sigh. Where, I wonder, are we headed?

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      • Jill, we are headed to a point where our allies will only deal with him when they have to and do a lot without us. In the midst of the Comey firing and aftermath, a story went largely unnoticed. Because of our obstinance, our Asia Pac partners will be making a deal without us and likely China will fill a void. Keith

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          • David Brooks just summed up the trip this way – be mean to your friends and nice to your enemies. He added, he is bent over backwards for Saudi Arabia who has funded more terrorism than Iran and treated Germany poorly. Keith

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            • I have actually, after you mentioning him a few times, begun reading David Brooks column and must admit he is spot on most of the time. Several of the conservative columnists are disgusted with DT, it would seem. Now if only Congress would come out of their hypnosis!

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  8. That last one – well, the full video really shows Drumpf for who he is. A narcissistic bully who has to be front and centre for everything. And all the while everything back at home is falling apart for his White House and the Republicans. I just don’t get it.

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    • I don’t get it either, and as you know, I have driven myself nuts trying to figure it out for nearly two years now! I suspect that people like us will never get it, as it is of a different universe altogether. Sigh.

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  9. Given all that Saudi stands for and the brand of Islam it supports, you would think a long spoon might be in order for the President of the country where 9/11 happened, but no. Dance a jig and wiggle a sword around like best friends at a stag night. Instead be rude to the very nations that supported you in that time of crisis, to their own future detriment in our case. You’ve drawn me out of hibernation for this, Jill! He’s such an ignorant, arrogant … no, I won’t use the word I have in my head. You can just guess.

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    • Yes, Mary, I know exactly the word you have in your head, because I have uttered it many, many times in the past two years. 🙂 I’m not sure whether to apologize for bringing you out of hibernation … who knows … it might be a good thing! But in case it isn’t, I am sorry 😥

      I fully agree with you … Saudi Arabia contributes more to Daesh than possibly any other single nation, and 15 of the 19 9/11 highjackers were Saudi, as was bin Laden. And yet this jackal (Trump) thinks the Saudis are wonderful and cannot even treat our friends with a bit of courtesy and respect. I so long to smack this man upside the head! It would even be worth going to jail for!

      Hugs, my friend! ❤

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  10. Dear Jill,
    I keep saying that DDT is the epitome of the “Ugly America.” He is an embarrassment. Der Spiegel had the headlines along the lines. Trump says Germans are bad, very, very bad.

    Hugs, Gronda

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