One of Trump’s defining characteristics is his narcissistic belief that he knows more than everyone about everything, when in reality, he knows very little about anything. When you’re just a reality star, it doesn’t really matter. However, when you’re in the White House, it really starts to show – and it’s embarrassing.
‘President Donald Trump appeared to know little, if anything, about international trade deals during an exchange with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March this year. White House officials reportedly characterized the talk as “humiliating.”’
Trump showed his ignorance of how the European Union and international trade works, asking if Germany would make a bilateral trade deal with the United States. The European Union negotiates trade deals as a group – that’s sort of the point.
‘Merkel was afraid to fully correct Trump since White House aides told German officials the four-term chancellor had been condescending to Trump during one of their first phone calls.
‘Instead, Merkel eased into an explanation that an agreement could be reached in concert with the EU.
‘“So it could be bilateral?” Trump asked Merkel, who nodded, according to those in the meeting. Trump responded: “That’s great.”’
It’s really sad that Trump has to be humored in order for diplomacy to be accomplished. Basically, the adults have to wait until the temperamental idiot is out of the room before anything is actually negotiated. Trump doesn’t actually do things; he tells other people to do things with little understanding of how they get done. If it succeeds, he takes the credit. If it doesn’t, he blames someone else. That’s what he’s done his entire life.
Trump has a record of repeatedly embarrassing the United States in front of our European allies. For example, during his anti-NATO tirades, he has repeatedly criticized other members for “not paying their fair share.” That’s a nonsensical statement – the commitment to pay a percentage of GDP to defense is not the same thing as the funding for NATO itself. Trump’s short attention span and refusal to listen to others has resulted in humiliation after humiliation for the United States.
There’s also that time he humiliated himself domestically by referring to the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands as the “president.” From CNN:
‘”I will tell you I left Texas and I left Florida and I left Louisiana and I went to Puerto Rico and I met with the President of the Virgin Islands,” he told the audience of the Values Voter Summit in Washington.
‘”We are one nation and we all hurt together, we hope together and we heal together,” he said, later adding, “The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people, they suffered gravely and we’re be there, we’re going to be there, we have really, it is not even a question of a choice.”‘
You can watch that moment below:
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