President Trump embarrassed himself once again on the world stage this weekend. While other world leaders showed dignity, solidarity, and support for the people of London, Trump took to Twitter to spread his increasingly desperate message of fear and isolationism.FDR’s comments referred to the economic situation in 1933, but they represent a mindset completely at odds with Trump’s paranoia. During that same inauguration speech FDR went on to state, “I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor, the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others, the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a World of neighbors”.Those words epitomize true leadership, yet Trump continues to walk a different path.Mr. Comey, the stage is yours.
Sean Spicer took another pounding at yesterday’s press briefing. A once nimble fighter with good footwork and an arsenal of weapons was a shadow of his former self. Questions rained in like body-blows. Spicer desperately tried to deflect Russia questions to outside counsel, climate questions came from left and right, his corner gave him no support. He had nothing to give.When Spicer did try to summon the energy to mount an attack he went in flailing, his words mumbled and mono-syllabic. Any sign of his trademark wit and repartee had left him long ago. It was hard to watch. A fighter with nothing to left to give, taking blow after blow, his reputation in tatters, begging for his corner to throw in the towel.
“I think we hit a home run no matter where we are,” Trump told civilians, service members and their families at Air Station Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, before boarding Air Force One for Washington yesterday.It was perhaps a fitting end, and an appropriately chosen metaphor, for a trip where Trump’s “America First” rhetoric stood out amongst his NATO allies. His cowardice in delaying a decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement left him way out in left field.While everyone else was playing cricket and soccer, Trump stood alone at home plate, swinging a big bat and claiming to be the World Series champion, with the rest of the world looking on bemused and amused as he struck out swinging.