The sheer arrogance and ignorance of some within the Trump regime, including Trump himself, is astounding, jaw-dropping and mind numbing! Keep in mind that U.S. foreign policy is in tatters at the moment. Donald Trump is literally despised by all truly democratic nations and loved only by autocrats and strongmen dictators. Trump has no idea how to conduct foreign relations. Well, given that he is on wife #3, and has cheated on her at least twice that we’re aware of, I think it’s safe to say he has no idea how to conduct relations. Period. However, that doesn’t stop him from sticking his nose into others’ business and telling them how to run their countries. Three examples in the news just this week …
For starters, we have Richard Grenell back in the news. You may remember the post I did about him last June when he first went to Germany as the Ambassador from the United States. Grenell is a former Fox ‘News’ commentator, which should tell you something. When he first arrived in Germany, he made a fool of himself by criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel on just about every and any issue he could think of, including immigration.
Grenell is back in the news this week, and at least one German lawmaker is calling for his expulsion, saying he is acting like “a high commissioner of an occupying power.” In his remarks, Grenell criticized the budget of Germany’s finance minister and said it was unacceptable that the country was once again going to miss its NATO defense spending target.
This is not the role of a diplomat and in fact flies in the face of the very definition of the word ‘diplomacy’! I hope Germany does send him packing, for he is further damaging relations between the U.S. and Germany that Trump has already rent with his frequent criticisms of Ms. Merkel. Imagine if Pete Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the U.S. tried to tell Trump that, say, he is wrong to declare a state of national emergency just to rob the U.S. of funds to build his ego wall. Trump would expel him in about 2 seconds flat, right?
Then there was Trump himself, who in all his narcissistic arrogance offered President Macron an unsolicited lecture.
“How is the Paris Environmental Accord working out for France? After 18 weeks of rioting by the Yellow Vest Protesters, I guess not so well!”
After similar comments by Trump last December, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian appropriately said …
“We do not take domestic American politics into account, and we want that to be reciprocated. I say this to Donald Trump, and the French president says it, too: Leave our nation be.”
It seems to me that Trump’s own nation is in worse shape under his reign than those nations he chooses to criticize and condemn. Perhaps he should clean up his own house first.
And finally, the very definition of ignominy, is Don Trump, Jr.
Don Trump, Jr., who has proven more than a few times that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and he is truly as much of an idiot as his father, had the unmitigated gall to criticize UK Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of Brexit. He went so far as to actually write an OpEd piece published in Britain’s The Telegraph, chastising May … taking her to task for not following the advice of his father! It would be funny, except it isn’t. He claims that …
“… and ultimately, a process that should have taken only a few short months has become a years-long stalemate.”
A ‘few short months’??? And he knows this because …??? Junior’s international experiences are limited to colluding with the Russian’s to get his father elected and murdering wild animals in Africa! Trump the Younger went on to inform the land of the Magna Carta, John Locke and Oliver Cromwell that, in his “expert” view, “democracy in the U.K. is all but dead.” Say WHAT??? Savvy readers will note that it is the U.S. where democracy is ‘all but dead’ and his father is the very one to have pulled the trigger! This is simply beyond words … this young idiot, this “chip off the old block”, this killer of beautiful animals … has the nerve to give his unsolicited and unwanted opinion on a topic of which he knows nothing! Junior has no role in our government, is not a member of the cabinet nor the administration … why does he even speak??? My apologies to all my friends in the UK for this abomination … and his father.
Never before has a United States president acted with such reckless abandon, seemingly intent on destroying every relationship the U.S. has worked toward building since it’s founding. Never before has a president’s family member taken it upon himself to stick his nose into the business of our allies. Never before has a madman taken the helm, determined to plow into the largest iceberg he can find at warp speed. To all our allies, on behalf of We the People, I apologize for the terrible behaviour of the ‘man’ in the White House, his family members and appointees, and hope you will bear with us until we are able to rectify this situation.