“You’re in America now,” I said. “Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you’d prefer.” ― Jim Butcher,
T R U M P F U M B L E S D I P L OM A T I C B A L L
Is President Trump a boxer or brief kinda guy?
Well yesterday the world had another opportunity to discover that fact as Mr T. created an awkward situation during a photo shoot in his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when he seemed to refuse to shake hand with the country’s friend and ally.
The press interpreted the incident as a political slight but Merkel handled the offensive gesture in a poised, relaxed and professional manner.
Afterall she is the more experienced politician and probably accepts the fact the president is still cutting his teeth if not his continuous tweets in the newly acquired Oval Office. Social niceties and playing well with others is really not a major part of his “unorthodox” political agenda.
“Tense cordiality” and awkward moments are the politically correct way of saying that Trump acted like the social miscreant he happens to be and that his refusal to shake her hand, even if it was a contrived moment for gathered photographers, was a social demand beyond his shady experience.
At least he did not grab her genitalia as he is reported to have done with women he has met in the past. This rock star president is little more than a political ingenue in an expensive Armani suit. No big deal really.
Many time during their strained chat Merkel used “incidental correction” to clue the president in on many of his erroneous statements he was gingerly dispersing to the gathered press reporters.
Merkel in her own right is his political opposite and has struck a hard political line over Moscow’s incursion into the Ukraine and that country’s support of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad.
A tip of the hat is offered to Ms Merkel who handled this political lout with decorum and grace.
In the photo above Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to hesitate in shaking the hand of the devious U.S. president. Good for him. A man of conviction.
The world is beginning to realize that Trump is after all an accidental autocrat who through guile and cunning successfully convinced a desperate and gullible American public that he was the best and only qualified candidate able to get the job done.
It was a great sales campaign master minded by a consummate political apprentice. — gc