Yesterday, while Trump was in Europe, he shoved aside the prime minister of Montenegro to get to the front of a small crowd of world leaders, and he actually said that “the Germans are bad, very bad,” when threatening to cut off auto exports. While some might agree that Germany’s economic policies have hurt the world’s economy, there are considerably better (and, dare we say it, more diplomatic) ways to express frustration with that than scolding them like they’re a bunch of disobedient toddlers.
That’s in addition to Trump’s severe lack of knowledge and understanding about anything his policies would affect, including how NATO works. So Der Spiegel, Germany’s largest newspaper, published an op-ed by Klaus Brinkbaumer. Brinkbaumer didn’t hold back when he took Trump to task for, well, pretty much everything he is. For starters, the subtitle on the story reads:
Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.”
During his campaign, Trump said Obama made us a laughingstock to the world, and yet, we were a bit more popular and influential under Obama. Trump’s sheer stupidity reflects badly on us as a nation, and the world can’t figure out how we got stupid enough to elect him. Brinkbaumer blasted him over his intellect (or lack thereof), saying:
He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.”
And later on:
The U.S. elected a laughing stock to the presidency and has now made itself dependent on a joke of a man. The country is, as David Brooks wrote recently in the New York Times, dependent on a child.”
There, Brinkbaumer explains how Trump has no foreign policy because he’s all over the place. He criticizes the fact that we have warships circling with Chinese warships, provoking North Korea. He worries that Trump will start a nuclear war to save his own skin, which, given how thin his skin is and how badly he needs to be right all the time, isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Brinkbaumer also criticizes Trump for his absolutely boorish and immature behavior, along with the neverending stream of lies to cover up his missteps, saying:
He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump… Trump is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump’s confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.
Trump is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn’t care that his spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I’m president after all.”
Brinkbaumer is understandably angry about Trump, as anyone with any sense ought to be. He has a lot of the world laughing at us, and a lot of the rest of the world worried about what he might do with that hair-trigger temper of his.
The bottom line is this: Our so-called president isn’t fit to be a world leader of any kind. The fact that Der Spiegel would publish something this blunt says a lot about how poorly the world regards Donald Trump. You can read Brinkbaumer’s entire piece here.
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