To say that Trump’s attempts at foreign policy are unorthodox would be greatly understating the reality of detriment that he has caused the country in the international sphere thus far. The fact of the matter is that Trump’s peddling to certain leaders and biased criticisms of others have left the United States in a difficult position.
It is clear that Trump has no intentions of ameliorating the already awkward place he has put the country in. Perhaps as a means of warming up to the president of China’s Communist Party, or a more concerning and ominous viewpoint, Trump praised President Xi Jinping on his move to abolish presidential term limits, claiming that the United States may even consider giving that a try some day.
In a seemingly unfiltered speech given to Republican donors at a closed-door event in Florida on Saturday, Trump played with the idea that lifelong presidential positions are something of great nature and that the United States would be smart to consider such a totalitarian move some day. According to a CNN article:
‘In the closed-door remarks, a recording of which as obtained by CNN, Trump also praised China’s President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn’t mind making such a maneuver himself.
‘”He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”‘
Not only are such remarks coming from the sitting president of the United States completely outrageous and terrifying, it sheds light on the reality of Trump’s minimal knowledge of political history and the damage that such totalitarian control can bring for a society. By even so much as hinting that the United States should give that model a shot belittles the American ideals of freedom and democracy and undermines the core components of democratic operations in the idea of choice of the people and representative democracy.
Things we've just learned Trump has no interest in: the Constitution (due process); American democracy (presidential term limits or elections); courtroom oaths (furiously berating Hope Hicks for her truthful Congressional testimony). #MAGA? Or hatred for all America stands for?
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 4, 2018
Although the comments were appeared to be in a joking manner, it does not take away from the lack of political respectfulness and level of diplomatic understanding that is needed by somebody in such a high-level office.
At a GOP fundraider at Mar-a-Lago on saturday, Trump told donors that Xi Jinping ending term limits was a potential model for American democracy; “He’s now president for life….I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.”https://t.co/IQOCinWdCe
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) March 4, 2018
The Chinese Communist Party announced last Sunday that they would be making a move to eradicate the presidential term limits, which had been in place since the death of dictator Mao Zedong, and would pave the way to allow President Xi to remain in his position of power indefinitely.
Imagine how many comebacks we will have as Democrats when the next Dem President makes a minor mistake or says something he/she shouldn't have:
"Well Trump said that he wanted to abolish term limits and be a lifelong President"
We can rub this stuff in their faces for decades!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 4, 2018
The remarks made on Saturday at the Republican event also suggested the unfortunate decision not to investigate then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the aftermath of the 2016 elections giving Trump another avenue to criticize the current American system and decrying it as rigged and unqualified to protect the people.
Dear Donald Trump: Do away with term limits for Presidents and watch us re-elect @BarackObama .
— Karen Snyder (@themamadominus) March 4, 2018
Trump has long been an advocate for putting more of the “right people” in office to fix the array of issues that the country has, going as far in his campaign to claim that he has the best people, only for the country to find that even the individuals he considers best are either ethically unsound or cannot stand working for the Trump administration for longer than a few months.
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