Not content with being despised by the majority of the American people, President Trump earned himself a whole new wave of disgust with his recent impulsive decision to impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that hit our European allies the hardest.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, called up Donald Trump last week to try to talk some sense into him – and unfortunately for all of us, it did not go well.
Donald Trump is infamous for his poor reception to criticism of any sort, and it appears that Macron’s anger at the tariffs struck a nerve with the President, according to CNN.
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“Just bad. It was terrible. Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind, based on the relationship. But Trump can’t handle being criticized like that” said a frustrated White House source, who remained anonymous to protect their identity.
Macron’s previous public statements about the President’s tariffs had made it clear he was furious at the decision:
“This decision is not only illegal, it is a mistake on many points. It is a mistake because it responds to a worldwide unbalance that exists in the worst ways through fragmentations and economic nationalism,” the statement continued, with Macron adding that “if these kind of things impacted our relations, it would have been the case since day one because he has decided to leave the Paris (climate) agreement.
I prefer to say things directly and not through the press; and I will tell him what I told you, which are my convictions that he knows already,”
If that’s what Macron is willing to say to the media, one can only imagine what was said in private as the two ego-driven leaders clashed.
Donald Trump is steadily alienating our closest allies and setting the stage for more conflict and more economic instability with his impetuous trade wars.
On top of that, it’s the American worker who is going to suffer the most as consumer prices rise and hundreds of thousands of jobs are going to be destroyed by companies that would rather send their workers and their families into poverty than accept any hits to their profits.
At least someone is willing to pour cold water on the President and give him the well-deserved scolding that he needs to hear. Surrounded by yes-men and sycophants, the president has grown accustomed to calling all criticism “fake news” – but he just found out the hard way that other leaders aren’t about to put up with that.