Without a doubt, in his short time in office, Donald Trump has repeatedly proven that those of us who knew he was too incompetent and totally unqualified to be president were absolutely right.
Unfortunately, being right about how terrible Trump was going to be for this country isn’t a good thing. Whether any of us like it or not, he is in charge of the United States, which means nearly everything he does impacts all of our lives. So it’s not a good thing that it seems as if our allies can’t stand him, our enemies don’t fear him, and almost nobody respects him.
After all, why would they? He’s a conspiracy-pushing pathological liar who nobody should trust because he’s proven time and time again that what he says today isn’t what he’ll say tomorrow.
That’s part of what made Wednesday such an embarrassing day for Trump and his administration.
First, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal Trump said of China, “They’re not currency manipulators.” A statement, of course, that’s in complete contradiction to the rhetoric from his campaign. Over the years, and even back to the earliest days of his campaign, he repeatedly used China as his quasi punching bag to make himself look like a powerful businessman and negotiator who would force the Chinese government to agree to “better deals” for the United States and end their currency manipulation.
Well, less than 100 days into office, and he’s already admitting that he either didn’t know what the hell he was talking about during his campaign or that China has put him in his place.
Speaking of tough talk, I’m sure we all remember Trump’s bold words about NATO and how “obsolete” he thought it was.
During a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoitenberg, Trump admitted that NATO wasn’t obsolete.
“I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism,” Trump said. “I said it was obsolete, it’s no longer obsolete.”
They have been “fighting terrorism,” Trump was just too ignorant to understand what NATO actually does. They didn’t make any changes. The only reason why he worded it the way he did is because, in true Trump fashion, he’ll never admit that he was wrong about anything. He’s basically trying to say that they were obsolete, but they made some mysterious changes (they didn’t) and now he no longer feels that way.
They didn’t make changes — he was just wrong.
Then for the second time in the last few weeks, another person closely tied to Trump’s campaign registered with the U.S. government as a foreign agent. First it was former national security advisor Michael Flynn, now it’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. A man who many feel is a key figure in the on-going investigation into possible collusion between Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, another report from the Associated Press reveals that Manafort’s consulting firm was indeed given around $1.2 million from a “black ledger” — a ledger Trump’s former campaign manager recently said didn’t exist.
This all comes just one day after the Washington Post revealed that last summer a FISA court had granted the FBI a warrant to put former Trump advisor Cater Page under surveillance as part of their investigation into Russia’s meddling in our election.
While not a major story, Politifact did bust Trump in a “Pants on Fire” lie (their worst rating) on comments he made where he claimed to have never met Steve Bannon prior to the 2016 campaign. Not that this is a massive lie by Trump’s standards, it’s just another example in a seemingly never-ending list of them where he seems incapable of being honest about anything unless it’s by accident.
Then, by all accounts, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looked timid and weak compared to his Russian counterpart during a joint press conference with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Not a good showing for the United States with all that’s currently going on, especially as it relates to Syria.
I’m not going to say that Wednesday was the worst day for Trump since he took office, but it was definitely one of the worst. From his “tail-between-his-legs” flip-flops on major foreign policy talking points from his campaign, to his Secretary of State appearing weak when compared to the Russian foreign minister during an important press conference, this was a day that truly put on display the incompetence and lack of preparedness of Donald Trump and his administration.