Full of himself as usual with all sorts of imagined successes, the president is back in town. Well, at least we’re still not at war with North Korea, which I view as a plus. Most concerning still is how war might begin by accident especially now that we have three carrier fleets in the vicinity which must look menacing to Kim Jung UN. Maybe we want them to be a bit menacing, but definitely not to the point which will prompt him to cross some imaginary, hard to define line between us, the line of no return.
Fortunately – I guess – there are reports that Kim has hired American foreign policy experts to help him better understand Trump, so Kim at least is trying not to jump the gun. On the other hand, I don’t know how well we understand the man despite all the theories that abound, so I’m not sure what image NOKO is getting.
In terms of North Korea, the most hopeful sign I’ve seen is news of a special envoy from China being sent to NOKO. I choose to hope he will be of some help, even though there is no knowing why he is going. Oh, I’m sorry. My poetic nature is showing.
As for the rest of the trip, it seemed mostly just a lot of photo opportunities and Trump’s ego being assuaged by being treated like royalty. Meanwhile those various Asian nations are working on business relations among themselves without the United States, since Trump pulled us out of the Pacific Trade Pact, with China courting all of them for closer relations.
While Trump wants to take us back to the 1950’s (his childlike version of Back to the Future), the Chinese are steadily working their away into the future with trade pacts and much money spent developing anti-polluting energy technology. As the prolific and incisive political theorist Thomas Friedman has asserted, the Chinese view the Donald as, “Trump the Chump”; they wine and dine Little Donnie to make him feel big, while they are steadily making themselves bigger on the world stage apparently without his noticing. His hats should be redesigned: Make America Smaller than Ever.
You know how Trump keeps talking about replacing these multi-nation trade pacts with great trade deals he is going to arrange with individual nations. Has there been even one so far? After all he has had a year. Have I missed it?
The only clear plus of this visit seems Trump’s help in getting those three tall UCLA shoplifters out of prison, but as with everything he touches, he smudged that, too. With all that he might tweet about upon his return, the always ungracious Trump chose first to lecture the boys on how they should thank him for his help, Which they later did, to which Father Trump responded they should also thank Chinese leader Xi Jin Ping and should remember how life’s a winding road or something equally trite.
This is one of those moments when I’m certain his J. middle initial stands for “Jerk.”
Summing it all up, the trip was a typical performance by our Clown-in-Chief. The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson describes the trip in a more fully developed and better written editorial: “Clown Goes Abroad”. My post might be viewed as an appetizer for his more satisfying meal. I think he really nails the absurdity of Trump playing president. Right here.