The annual United Nations General Assembly is currently underway in New York City, and for our belligerent, incompetent president, it’s like the elementary schoolyard bully just went to middle school and suddenly has to tread the line between being “tough” and not getting himself roughed up.
He has already given his address to the full assembly of the UN, and it was a disaster. In his remarks, he literally referred to the leader of North Korea as “Rocket Man,” a nickname he made up for him on Twitter some time ago — and Trump’s conduct at the UNGA has not gotten any better.
While appearing alongside the newly elected leader of South Korea, President Moon Jae-in, Trump literally took to bashing the South Koreans over a trade deal that — surprise, surprise — Trump thinks is good for them and bad for us.
Trump has a seriously hard time grasping the fact that all foreigners are not out to get us.
Mumbling and bumbling ahead of a meeting with the South Korean president — while literally sitting next to him — the man who somehow has found himself in charge of a country said:
‘So because of the fact that our trade deal is so bad for the United States and so good for South Korea, I said we’ll focus on the military, but actually we’re going to try to straighten it out and make it fair for everybody. But our real focus will be on the military and our relationship with South Korea, which is excellent.’
For one, there is a lack of logical continuity there. In literally close to the same breath, Trump bashed the South Koreans and said we have an “excellent” relationship with them.
We aren’t going to have an “excellent” relationship with them for very long if you keep bashing them like that, Mr. President, and implying that they are somehow indebted to us for their successes. It’s as if Trump has simply applied all of his failed interpersonal relationship strategies to his politics. He wants everyone to be subservient to him, but that’s not how any of this works.
A free trade agreement between the South Koreans and the United States was ratified five or so years ago. Trump’s most recent comments aren’t even the first time that he’s spoken against it — he recently threatened to pull out of it altogether, although U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer followed up the president by saying discussions about the future of the deal are what’s on the table, not throwing it out altogether.
South Korea is one of our key allies in the struggle against the ever increasing threat of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal — and yet Trump finds it nothing to publicly drag them through the mud like this. It’s as if he’s just trying to create chaos or something — and with him, you never know.
Watch a video of Trump’s comments below.
President Trump says the trade deal with South Korea is “so bad” for the US while meeting with President Moon https://t.co/WYHM0wyZgy
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 21, 2017
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