We’ve all known Donald Trump is a narcissist since he first rode down the escalator in Trump Tower and announced his intentions to run for president of the United States. However, others didn’t see that, and they put him in the White House.
Worse yet, a psychiatrist from Yale University wrote in The New York Times that Trump should be given a psychological assessment based on several different behaviors he has displayed in recent months. It’s worrisome enough that a group was formed by mental health experts called the National Coalition of Concerned Mental Health Experts.
Many have waved it off as an exaggeration, but one former high-ranking official in the intelligence community gets it and is speaking out. Former CIA Director John Brennan took to Twitter recently and tweeted about Trump’s recent remarks on the criticism he received from the U.N. Brennan wrote:
‘Trump Admin threat to retaliate against nations that exercise sovereign right in UN to oppose US position on Jerusalem is beyond outrageous. Shows @realDonaldTrump expects blind loyalty and subservience from everyone- qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats.’
Brennan’s tweet comes after a U.N. vote was conducted to condemn the recent announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy there. The Washington Post reported:
‘The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a stunning rebuke of a U.S. decision that allies and adversaries alike warned would undermine prospects for peace.’
Now, it’s important to note nothing really happens as a result of the condemnation. It’s just a statement saying they condemn what the Trump administration has done. It does nothing. It’s not a sanction. It doesn’t punish the United States. All it does is basically say, “Shame on you.”
That doesn’t mean much to Trump, however, who expects undying loyalty, fealty, and adoration. He said as much too in response to the passing of the condemnation. He said during a Cabinet meeting:
‘For all of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us.
‘Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing.’
RT @USUN: “America will put our embassy in #Jerusalem…No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the @UN, and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN.” pic.twitter.com/UBLFXVyouY
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 21, 2017
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley echoed the same in various comments. In a letter written to member states, she wrote:
‘As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and U.S. take this vote personally. The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.’
She also tweeted:
‘At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.’
“The US will be taking names”? Really? Nikki Haley has now become the kid the teacher puts in charge of the class when she has to step away, and by god, she’s going to be taking names. Be prepared for no recess, you guys.
She went on to literally tally up the votes over Twitter.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 21, 2017
Though Brennan’s tweet is great as an insult, it points out one of the most frightening things about Trump – his demand for complete loyalty. Throughout history, the presidents of the United States understood there were people who would never agree with them, and they accepted that because that’s the idea behind the United States and is the foundation of America. Trump obviously missed the class on the U.S. Constitution and the most basic history class that covered the founding of the United States.
Twitter users responded to Brennan’s tweet. You can check out the responses below.
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