The mental instability of America’s president is increasingly becoming an international concern as President Donald Trump heads to Singapore to meet with the North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
President Trump’s disastrous performance at the G7 meeting of world leaders is causing the leaders of our former staunchest allies to question the malfunctioning thought processes behind Trump’s extremely questionable decisions.
France took the lead in attacking Trump after the president decided to withdraw his signature from the joint communique traditionally issued after each meeting of the G7 in a fit of pique over Canada’s decision to match the tariffs he unilaterally imposed on steel and aluminum imports.
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French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said that France would stand by the G7 communique whether Trump endorsed it or not.
“International cooperation cannot depend on fits of anger or little words. Let us be serious and worthy of our people,” a statement from Macron published in the French newspaper Le Monde said.
Macron’s statement didn’t mention President Trump by name since the French haven’t yet abandoned the unspoken rules of diplomacy that the American leader likely never bothered learning.
Yet it was unmistakable who was being criticized when Macron denounced the “incoherence and inconsistency” in the abandonment of the communique, which promises a commitment to a “rules-based international trading system” and to combating protectionism.
Those statements in the communique are an implicit rebuke of President Trump’s inexplicable imposition of tariffs on our closest allies and trading partners while he flounders in the middle of trade negotiation concessions to China, the most egregious flouter of international trade norms.
Then again none of our allies have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in a Trump real estate development project in Indonesia like China has. Welcome back to America, ZTE!
Macron and the other EU leaders have refused to back down after being confronted with Trump’s bullying over tariffs, knowing the strength of their own markets and still believing that the U.S. will continue as a democracy, despite the efforts of Trump and his Republican enablers to subvert that system, and that the current occupant of the Oval Office will eventually be replaced with someone with a rational mind.
“The six countries of the G-7 without the United States are a bigger market taken together than the American market. There will be no world hegemony if we know how to organize ourselves. And we don’t want there to be one,” the French leader said.
Trump’s response was, of course, another tweet blasting our former partners over trade issues that risk starting a trade war that will leave all participants poorer and weaker in the end.
One can only hope that this detour from the age of reason is only a temporary departure from the path to global peace and prosperity, but until someone wrests the steering wheel from Donald Trump’s hands, we may be in for a long and torturous side excursion into turmoil.
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