President Trump is continuing to destroy America’s relationships with its closest allies almost as if he was fulfilling a wish list handed to him by Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping full of ways to reduce our country’s international power and influence in ways that would benefit Russia and China.
Besides his hostile demeanor at the recent commemorative ceremonies marking the centenary of the end of World War I, Trump also managed to have a “tense” and angry phone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May while en route to Paris last Friday, according to an article in The Washington Post.
May reportedly was calling the president to congratulate him on the Republican party’s victories on election day last week, a subject that may have proved to be a bit too sensitive for Trump, whose endless rallies failed to prevent the loss of Republican control of the House of Representatives as well as numerous state and local races.
Rather than continue to pretend that the midterms were a grand success for his party as he has publically continued to claim while simultaneously deriding the elections as riddled with voter fraud, Trump lashed into the British Prime Minister.
“Trump berated May for Britain not doing enough, in his assessment, to contain Iran. He questioned her over Brexit and complained about the trade deals he sees as unfair with European countries. May has endured Trump’s churlish temper before, but still her aides were shaken by his especially foul mood, according to U.S. and European officials briefed on the conversation,” The Post wrote.
Trump’s particularly horrendous temper tantrum reflects the frustrations he feels as he confronts a remainder of his term facing the kind of endless investigations from a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives that he had warned Hillary during his campaign would cripple her presidency if she were to be elected.
Adding to the pressure from his electoral failures is the threat of additional impending indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller who refrained from interfering in the midterms by holding off on any potentially politically influential activities in the weeks leading up to election day.
Trump’s surliness on the international stage led presidential historian Douglas Brinkley to describe his unprecedented undiplomatic behavior with this apt description:
“He’s just a bull carrying his own china shop with him whenever he travels the world,” Brinkley stated.
How much longer senior officials in the government will continue to ignore the signs of Trump’s rapidly deteriorating mental condition remains to be seen.
While many on the left have long called for the invocation of the 25th amendment which allows the vice-president and cabinet secretaries to remove the president from office by declaring that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” what it will take before Trump’s erratic and irrational behavior convinces his Republican cronies that his continuation in office is a grave danger to our nation is an open question — a question that needs an answer as soon as possible before he inflicts even more damage to America’s standing in the world.
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Original reporting by Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker at The Washington Post.