What the Hell Are You Doing, Donald Trump?
How much more of this can you take? How much more of this can any of us take? How much more can the people inside Trump’s White House take? Not much, apparently, as the NYTimes is signaling a mass exodus from the White House after the midterms among an administration that already has a 51 percent turnover rate after only a year and a half.
Burned-out aides are eyeing the exits, as the mood in the White House is one of numbness and resignation that the president is growing only more emboldened to act on instinct alone.
And why would that be? Is it because Trump continues to not only alienate our traditional allies but blow up those relationships? After yesterday, the United States is on the outs with Canada. CANADA, America’s biggest exporter of comedic talent.
The G7 Summit was a disaster. Trump came late and left early, skipping sessions about climate change, oceans and clean energy, because those things don’t interest his version of America. Apparently, however, the G7 countries bent over backward trying to accommodate Trump on trade and come up with a compromise statement all the countries could agree upon, no matter how reluctantly. Negotiations looked like this:
I can read the body language in that room. It’s a room full of people attempting to make the toddler see logic, and the toddler stubbornly refusing to bend, not because he has a winning argument, but out of pride. But they eventually cajoled the petulant monster into agreeing on something, only for the coward to back out of it and call the Canadian prime minister names once he was safely back on Air Force One, where no one could confront him with facts.
Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
Trudeau said nothing during that press conference that he hasn’t been saying for a week, but Trump used it to justify his refusal to sign the agreement because he was too scared to tell it to their faces.
Our strongest allies — including Canada — now hate us, while Trump continues to cozy up to Russia, insisting that the G7 should add Russia after it had been booted for illegally annexing Crimea. Trump’s response was not to blame Putin for attacking the Ukraine. It was to … blame Obama. “Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude,” he says. “Why did he do that? Why did he do that?”
Trump is alienating France, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom while doing the bidding of Vladmir Putin. And now Putin is talking about a meeting between himself and Trump. I mean, it makes sense for Russia, right? Trump blows up our trade deals with all of our traditional allies, which opens the door to a trade agreement between the United States and an economically troubled country we’re supposed to be sanctioning for interfering in an election that gave Trump the Presidency.
This morning, Trump landed in Singapore, where he is to meet with the most psychopathic leader of the world, and Trump is more interested in befriending Kim Jong Un than he is in maintaining alliances with Canada, home of Ryan Reynolds and John Candy (RIP). And now this, from the Times:
President Trump’s top economic adviser said on Sunday that Mr. Trump had pulled out of a joint statement with allies at the Group of 7 meeting over the weekend because a “betrayal” by the Canadian prime minister had threatened to make Mr. Trump appear weak before his summit meeting on Tuesday with North Korea’s leader.
Ah, Kudlow finally explains what's going on here: "Now, POTUS is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around, push him, POTUS, around, President Trump, on the eve of this — he is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea.”— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 10, 2018
So…per the White House, Trump is insulting the prime minister of Canada because he wants to impress Kim Jong Un.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 10, 2018
How paranoid is Donald Trump? He believes not only that everything is about him, but where it concerns his presidency, that everyone has an ulterior motive. That Justin Trudeau is trying to make Trump look weak in front of his new friend in North Korea.
“Stabbed us in the back,” polarizing,” “sophomoric,” “decieved us,” “political stunt,” “betrayal” — How Larry Kudlow just described to @jaketapper Trudeau’s criticism of the Trump tariffs at his presser. In Kudlow’s view, Trump was “charming” and acting in “good faith” at the G-7— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 10, 2018
Really, does this look like a man turning on the charm?