Preparing to Deal with a Child: That’s How Host Nations View Trump’s Upcoming Visit

Friday morning Donald Trump will embark on his first trip oversees as president. He might regard his departure as a flight from the turmoil he’s created at home. A special prosecutor was just named to investigate his connections to Russia and potential charges of obstruction of justice due to his interference with, and firing of, FBI Director James Comey. Add that to a failing agenda including efforts to repeal ObamaCare, curtail immigration, tax reform, and more. This trip must seem like a vacation to Trump and his exhausted inner circle.

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Unfortunately for him, rest and relaxation are not in the cards. Although, lacking stamina, Trump did reportedly try to pare down his schedule. According to the New York Times he asked to shorten the itinerary from nine days to five. The Times also reported that he “expressed dread” about the trip. More to the point, the upcoming encounters with world leaders present fresh opportunities for Trump to embarrass himself and the nation. He has a disquieting habit of insulting America’s allies and embracing its foes.

From the perspective of the countries that Trump will be visiting, his hosts have a complicated task. They must find a way to be hospitable without being condescending. Given Trump’s painfully ignorant grasp of world affairs and history, that’s a tall order. Consequently, they are making special preparations:

“After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged. Keep it short – no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama.

“Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.”

These are tactics aimed at accommodating Trump’s ego and incompetence. They recognize that he needs constant reassurance and flattery. Likewise, they are aware of his preference for “short presentations and lots of visual aids.” But one source summed up the preparations for Trump’s visit with a particularly apt analogy:

“‘It’s kind of ridiculous how they are preparing to deal with Trump. It’s like they’re preparing to deal with a child. Someone with a short attention span and mood who has no knowledge of NATO, no interest in in-depth policy issues, nothing. They’re freaking out.'”

It’s more than ridiculous. It’s unbearable that this man is representing the United States in a manner that actually invites ridicule. The world isn’t taking us seriously and are openly mocking us with these preparatory plans. Ironically, Trump told Time Magazine last week that “we were being laughed at by the world.” Then he added “They’re not laughing anymore.” Obviously he isn’t listening very closely. And if he were listening to the American people he would hear distinct whimpering.

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3 thoughts on “Preparing to Deal with a Child: That’s How Host Nations View Trump’s Upcoming Visit

  1. A long time ago (January) foreign countries admired our leader, felt comfortable with honesty, and expected polite, informed and mature meetings.

    Ahhhh, the good old days.

  2. Trump is an idiot. He’s like the emperor who has no clothes. He is NOT a legitimate president and the investigations into how the Russians hacked the 2016 election through the use of voting machine tampering technology; cooperation from the white corporate media who couldn’t get enough of his antics and racism; support from greedy opportunistic self-serving republicans and 1% bloodsuckers, WILL prove beyond the shadow of a doubt, that he and others working for and with him, cheated the American people out of their constitutional right to have a dignified, intelligent, knowledgeable president- Hillary R. Clinton. To say that Hilary Clinton would have never embarrassed America as its Commander-in-Chief; would have never needed such coddling and prepping to go on an international tour, and would have been well versed in the policies and positions of this government as well as those of the governments she would be meeting with; is a gross understatement. At this point those Americans in positions of power and influence have enough information to impeach the Hater-in-Chief but they don’t have the character, courage, intellectual and moral strength to do it. These sell-outs would rather engage in denial, subterfuge, wining and faux “patriotic”support for someone who is
    clearly and totally unfit to do even 1/10th of the job a president. Its not Donald Trumps fault anymore that he is a total failure being propped up by other people who are failures in terms of their love for democracy and America- its OURS, because we won’t take him out!

  3. It is not ours in a collective sense. Correctly, the U.S. Constitution makes removing a president a difficult task. It is up to Congress to make the moves.
    Although it might not appear that anything is being done, Congress must act prudently. No matter how much we loathe Trump, he was still elected by the rules. If Congress acts unjudiciously, we would put the entire constitution in jeopardy.
    Write, speak, call every U.S. senator and representative asking for a quick, thorough, honest investigation. Then, when the verifiable facts are in Congress must act.
    We all know how this will probably play out. We know the damage Trump can cause. Actions must be taken appropriately.

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