Sunday, July 9, 2017

At G-20, sourpuss imperial Trump proved he's no Obama

Trump is all about excising President Obama's legacy - - from guaranteeing clean water to combatting climate change to promoting law enforcement accountability to ensuring voting rights to sanctioning Putin, not caving to the Russian dictatorial machinations to help the Trump family business.

But the distance which the other 19 leading nations' leaders literally put between themselves and Trump tells me they sure do, like the rest of us, miss Obama's calm, pragmatic and energetic leadership, as Newsweek reports:

Trump has embraced a set of “America First” policies that put the values of international cooperation firmly to the backburner. Most notably, he pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, making the U.S. only the third country not signed up to the historic agreement to tackle climate change. In his speech announcing the decision, Trump encapsulated his approach by plainly stating that he represents the people of “Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
Predictably, the decision was met by widespread condemnation around the world, notably by Macron and Merkel. Following Trump’s first visit to Europe, during which he failed to pledge the United States’ commitment to NATO’s Article 5, the principle of common defense, Merkel said that the era of Europe being able to fully rely on the U.S. was over under Trump’s leadership.
G20 photo

1 comment:

Raven said...

I think perhaps Trump very carefully chose the location of the one city (Pittsburgh) for which he claims to be President: certainly not any of the cities on the seacoasts affected by rising tides or hardest hit by incoming hurricanes, nor in the entire Western half of the USA now bright red and orange on the weather map.