While Donald Trump’s supporters clearly live in some alternate version of reality all their own, their avoidance of facts doesn’t change what is or isn’t true. And the truth is, Trump is a national embarrassment who almost nobody actually respects. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the offices of these foreign heads of state to find out what they really think of our current “Commander-in-Chief.”
It’s unlikely we’ll ever truly know what many of these world leaders honestly think about Trump, but if a recent report from The New York Times is accurate, it’s clear they don’t think much of him. In fact, it seems that in most of these countries Trump’s about to visit, they’re preparing for his arrival much in the same way they might prepare for a spoiled child they’re trying to appease to avoid triggering an emotional meltdown.
From the NYT article:
After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.
In other words:
- Don’t talk about things that are too complicated or complex.
- Assume he’s completely ignorant about your country.
- Feed his ego.
- Don’t hold him accountable for anything he’s ever said.
Oh, by the way, Saudi Arabia has apparently made special arrangements to have one of Trump’s favorite meals prepared for him… steak with a side of ketchup.
The NYT also spoke with Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the United States, who indicated that other world leaders are more than aware that Trump’s a simple-minded buffoon with a huge ego.
“If you were prepping people for Donald Trump, the two or three points would be: one, bear in mind this is still a guy who focuses on wins,” Westmacott said. “He likes to have wins for America and wins for himself from bilateral meetings.”
“Secondly,” he continued, “he is a deal maker, a pragmatist. Third, this is a guy with a limited attention span. He absolutely won’t want to listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter.”
While I’ll never be ashamed to be an American, it’s humiliating that Trump’s representing my country.
These foreign heads of state probably dread any time they have to deal with Trump. They’re not dealing with an intelligent, rational adult — they’re having to appease a buffoon who they know doesn’t possess the mental capacity to decipher or understand lengthy, complex issues. They’re just hoping to get through the experience without causing Trump to go on some unhinged Twitter rant against them later. All the while being careful what they say to him since he’s clearly too ignorant to know what private comments shouldn’t be said publicly and he’s proven to be a petty, vindictive person with no morals or ethics. So the last thing they want to do is divulge something they don’t want used against them later.
Since Trump’s the leader of the United States, other nations are forced to tolerate and appease him out of respect for our country and our position in the world. However, based on most of what I’ve seen and read thus far, it’s obvious other foreign heads of state don’t respect him. They know he’s someone who’s completely unqualified for the job, isn’t very intelligent, can’t be trusted, isn’t mentally stable, and has a fragile ego that constantly needs to be reassured.
Like many of us here in the U.S., I get the feeling that most of the rest of the world is biding their time, eagerly counting down the days till he’s no longer in office.
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