The Trump administration humiliated itself today in another stunning faceplant on the international stage. Recently, the president chose to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a move that many feared would incite violence in the region and undo any chances of meaningful future negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. It was the move of a clueless political dilettante.
Nikki Haley, the American Ambassador to the United Nations warned the rest of the world that the United States would be “taking the names” of any country that voted against Trump’s decision. Unintimidated by her toothless bluster, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly today to rebuke the American President by declaring his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “null and void.”
The fact that she and Trump made the threat in the first place is an embarrassment, as it reduces the leaders of the world’s most powerful country to airport novel mobsters, but the fact that the threat was ignored is even worse, revealing how little the rest of the world respects the United States under our current president. It’s one thing to be a bully, it’s another entirely to be a weak bully.
John Brennan, CIA Director under President Obama, couldn’t remain silent in light of the tawdry display. Brennan signed up for a Twitter account in September but has remained dormant on the social media website until today. The intelligence chief tagged Trump in his second tweet of all time and called his hollow threats “beyond outrageous.”
He added that Trump expects “blind loyalty” and “subservience” in the same way that egomaniacal dictators around the world and throughout history always do. It’s a damning critique of the president’s character and is unfortunately devastatingly accurate.
Trump Admin threat to retaliate against nations that exercise sovereign right in UN to oppose US position on Jerusalem is beyond outrageous. Shows @realDonaldTrump expects blind loyalty and subservience from everyone—qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) December 21, 2017
Brennan’s tweet also has a deep implicit undercurrent: Trump is unfit to be president. It’s something that most Americans have known since his inauguration, and it’s time for our most distinguished leaders and former leaders to come forward and acknowledge. Good on Brennan for weighing in.