Report from Europe: People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock

❝ “Chaos.”
“Circus.”
“Laughingstock.”

Those were just a few of the comments I heard in Berlin this week from senior European officials trying to make sense of the meltdown in Washington at just the moment when a politically imploding President Trump embarks on what he called “my big foreign trip” in the morning’s kickoff tweet…

❝ Many I spoke with said they had made a fundamental mistake of viewing Trump primarily as an ideologue with whom they disagreed rather than what he increasingly appears to be: an ill-prepared newcomer to the world stage, with uninformed views and a largely untested team that will now be sorely tried by a 9-day, 5-stop world tour that would be wildly ambitious even for a seasoned global leader…

❝ “People are less worried than they were six weeks ago, less afraid,” a senior German government official with extensive experience in the United States told me. “Now they see the clownish nature.” Or, as another German said on the sidelines of a meeting here devoted to taking stock of 70 years of U.S.-German relations, “People here think Trump is a laughingstock.”

“The dominant reaction to Trump right now is mockery,” Jacob Heilbrunn, the editor of the conservative journal the National Interest, told the meeting at the German Foreign Office here while moderating a panel on Trump’s foreign policy…Michael Werz, a German expert from the liberal U.S. think tank Center for American Progress, agreed, adding he was struck by “how rapidly the American brand is depreciating over the last 20 weeks.”…

❝ Some of the reported preparations for the NATO session in Brussels this week suggest just how much the volatile-clown theory of the American president has now taken hold.

RTFA for the details. If you have an ongoing interest, an educated understanding of the history of US-Euro relations – you will find the clown prince of the White House even more of a handicap to balance and comprehensive progress than the typical conservative’s Ugly American.

2 thoughts on “Report from Europe: People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock

  1. Tweety says:

    From Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States of America [Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump]: I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.. [5:52 AM – 29 Jun 2017] …to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no! [5:58 AM – 29 Jun 2017] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/business/media/trump-mika-brzezinski-facelift.html

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