Even though supporters of Donald Trump refuse to believe that he’s turned the United States into a laughingstock, that doesn’t change the fact that he most definitely has. Since he was sworn into office, our allies don’t trust us, our enemies don’t fear us, and almost nobody takes the current “president” seriously. He’s a mentally incompetent caricature who other foreign heads of state tolerate mostly because they have to. Like many of us, I truly believe they’re just waiting out this nightmare, hoping that sooner rather than later an actual adult will once again be calling the White House home.
However, until that time comes, every day Trump’s in office, he’s the punchline to the joke the rest of the world is using to laugh at the United States.
Case in point, a recent report revealing that European officials frequently make fun of Trump’s limited vocabulary and obsession with Barack Obama.
As reported by Buzzfeed:
On one level, the officials said, he is something of a laughing stock among Europeans at international gatherings. One revealed that a small group of diplomats play a version of word bingo whenever the president speaks because they consider his vocabulary to be so limited. “Everything is ‘great’, ‘very, very great’, ‘amazing’,” the diplomat said.
But behind the mocking, there is growing fear among international governments that Trump is a serious threat to international peace and stability.
“He has no historical view. He is only dealing with these issues now, and seems to think the world started when he took office.”
They also believe Trump’s foreign policy is chiefly driven by an obsession with unravelling Barack Obama’s policies. “It’s his only real position,” one European diplomat said. “He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.”
The report also says diplomats find it “useless” to try to have serious discussions on international issues because Trump doesn’t seem to understand them nor have any interest in learning about them. These officials also blasted Trump for having so many diplomatic positions vacant, making it all but impossible for other nations to properly communicate with the United States:
“The White House lacks crucial expertise,” one said. “The State Department and others are isolated. You have the generals, the National Security Council, and then a void. There aren’t enough diplomats, experts etc. in the White House. [Secretary of state Rex] Tillerson has a small team. Does Trump listen to [James] Mattis [secretary of defence], [H.R.] McMaster [national security adviser], to the experts?”
If you read the entire report, it’s clear based on these comments from European diplomats that these other nations are only placating Trump because of the position he holds. They know he’s incompetent, unstable, and completely unqualified to be “president,” but they’re doing what they can to make the best out of a completely chaotic situation.
Though I definitely laughed at the idea that they’re mocking his limited vocabulary and way he constantly claims everything is “very, very great” and “amazing,” while calling out his neurotic obsession with Obama.
These comments echoed what I wrote recently about how Trump’s entire “presidential strategy” could be defined as: If Obama was for it, he’s against it.
Unfortunately, this is the world in which we’re all currently living. One where the current “president” is being mocked by other foreign officials who recognize that he’s a simple-minded buffoon who has no idea what he’s doing, whose policy decisions are driven not by what’s best for the country, but mostly by his petty obsession with opposing whatever Barack Obama supported.