Donald Trump is supposed to be the United States’ chief diplomat. Unfortunately, he lacks diplomacy, and often times appears to be void of the self-control and negotiation skills that are crucial to achieving a desired outcome, while maintaining the integrity of the oath he is supposed to uphold.
Trump has said and done a lot to validate allegations that he isn’t stable enough to lead America through difficult matters of foreign relations/conflict, but perhaps nothing tops his recent comments about North Korea. Using words that don’t typically go together and definitely didn’t sound right coming from American’s chief diplomat, Trump babbled:
‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. And as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.’
His word choice sounding like that of a school boy, Trump’s use of terms like, “frankly power” and “fire and fury” were another pair of reminders that not only does he not know what he’s talking about, he doesn’t even know how to make threats that make sense. Therefore when reports surfaced that Donald Trump reached out to the Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, it is fair to say that many people were underwhelmed at Trump’s so-called foreign diplomacy.
However, because politics makes strange bedfellows and birds of a feather flock together, Donald Trump gave up tooting his own horn for a few minutes and instead, stroked the Republican governor’s ego a bit, saying things like:
‘I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world. They are talking about Guam; and they’re talking about you. I can say this: You’re going to go up, like, tenfold with the expenditure of no money. We are with you 1,000 percent. It just looks like a beautiful place.’
Instead of challenging Trump to engage in conversation that really matters, Calvo replied:
‘It’s a paradise. We got 95 percent occupancy and after all this stuff calms down, we’re going to have 110 percent occupancy.’
As if both countries aren’t on the brink of war, Trump then said:
‘You just went to 110, I think.’
Sounding more like a love fest than an attempt to strategize how to peacefully solve the looming crisis that North Korea is presenting, the two heads of state were so busying patting one another on the back that it seems that working together to serve the interests of their constituents, was the furtherst thing from their minds.
Trump also seems to still be dumb to the fact that talk is cheap and that for many cultures, telling everyone what you plan to do, is regarding as weak. As if Kim Jong Un needs to broadcast his next steps for them to actually take place, Trump told Calvo:
‘You notice he hasn’t spoken recently. He doesn’t talk so much anymore. We’ll see how it all works out. This is between you and I. But you don’t talk like they talk. You can’t do that. You can’t do that with people like us.’
One resident of Guam was prepared to openly discuss her disdain for the call between Trump and Calvo, Dededo Village resident, Andrea Nicole Grajek said:
‘Listening to that call left me feeling disgusted. I was so shocked I was actually crying. They’re leaders discussing a rise in fame and tourism, while the world is watching our island carefully to see if we’ll still be here tomorrow.’
Sadly, Donald Trump still doesn’t seem to understand that he leaves people feeling “disgusted and shocked” in so many areas of his so-called leadership.