Earlier this year, Donald Trump made himself look so stupid that even his own White House aides were thoroughly embarrassed by an exchange he had with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March. Apparently, the indignity was so bad that is still lingers, and Trump’s aides are just now starting to speak up about it to get some of the trauma off their chests.
When Trump met with Merkel, it was blatantly clear that Trump was not presidential material, as he knew nothing about international trade deals. White House officials could only characterize this discussion as deeply “humiliating” as Trump crashed and burned for the entire meeting.
The New York Times reported that during the discussion, Trump had apparently asked Merkel about America creating a new bilateral trade deal with Germany — and apparently didn’t know that Germany (a member of the European Union) can’t make those kinds of decisions without the union’s 27 other members. Merkel was hesitant to correct Trump because Trump’s aides had told German officials that she had previously been condescending toward America’s undeserving POTUS, so she tried to explain that with the help of the EU, an agreement could come into effect.
Trump’s incompetence has continued to embarrass Americans on a daily basis, and it’s so bad that even his own team is hanging their heads in shame. The number of White House officials speaking out against Trump signals that something is deeply wrong in the White House, and Trump is failing even with his own staff.