With the world still mourning the lives lost as part of the brutal Manchester terrorist attack, one would think and reasonably hope that every appearance Donald Trump has would be one whereby he’d honor the dead, as well as those who worked to rescue and save the lives of the survivors. Unfortunately, true to his usual fashion, Donald Trump isn’t doing what many reasonably hope.
Instead, Trump is using every speaking appearance to alienate the United States and cause America’s allies to question their willingness to partner and support the country. It’s Trump’s ongoing schoolyard bully tactics that led to protesters coming out in droves to march against his presence in Brussels, where he spoke on Thursday:
— ??Martin Mycielski (@mycielski) May 24, 2017
Despite obviously not being welcome by many, Trump again failed to err on the side of caution, common sense, or diplomacy when standing before world leaders to speak. Instead of using the podium to stand in solidarity with NATO allies and those looking for peace and comfort during this time of worldwide mourning, Trump decided to provide a lecture to governments he feels aren’t carrying their weight.
‘NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations. Many nations owe massive amounts of money from past years. Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.’
Despite the solemn responses from his colleagues, which included whispers, snide remarks, and eye rolls, Trump didn’t use his audience’s reactions to inform the direction of his speech. He continued:
‘We should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats, even two percent of GDP is insufficient.’
Livid at the thought of Trump calling out anyone about their actions being “insufficient,” people sounded off in response to his speech, via Twitter:
— C-Red (@cslarochelle) May 25, 2017
@OccupyDemocrats Trump lecturing people for not paying their bills. Hilarious
— Shari (@shariv53) May 25, 2017
— NV Resistance (@justmeinlv) May 25, 2017
Donald Trump seems to be forgetting that it was just a few weeks ago that he had America on the brink of war with several major world powers, and all at the same time. For him to so boldly insult the very people who will decide whether or not to support the U.S. should war happen, is him playing a deadly game with the lives of those sworn to protect the country. In fact, Trump doesn’t seem to be burning bridges he may have to cross again, he seems to be blowing the bridges to pieces.
To see Trump insult world leaders, and those leaders give Trump the angry glares in return, watch the video below:
Featured Image screengrab via YouTube.