While the American public has long resigned itself to President Donald Trump’s utter ineptitude – even those who voted form him did so hoping his ridiculously unqualified resume and temperament could be improved or overcome somehow once in office – it’s been unclear what the rest of the world thought of him.
They all, surely, had their own suspicions and preconceived notions, crafted from his decades in the spotlight. But few have seen first hand what a disaster he’s been as our head of state.
Even the harshest of his critics here at home can’t be thrilled about the message his laughable incompetence sends to the international community. Many began speculating about ways we could keep him hidden from sight and limit the embarrassment he can cause the family. Maybe it would best to send Jared and Ivanka, despite their faults, on all over seas trips. At least they wouldn’t humiliate us.
120 days into Trump’s term, and the President of the United States has been reduced to America’s loud, obnoxious, mildly-racist and sexist uncle we avoid inviting to most big events. And when we can’t, we sit him in a dark corner, away from the bar, and just cross our fingers.
Well, if that ever was a viable option, it’s out the window now. On his first foreign trip, the rest of the world got a full blast of the Trump we’ve all come to know: A dilettante at best, an absolute clown at worst. The foreign press called bulls#*t the moment his orange face emerged into daylight at the threshold of Air Force One.
At about the time Trump, like the 12 year-old camp bully, was busy shoving his fellow NATO heads of state to the side to get into the front row of the group photo, German newspaper Der Spiegel’s editorial, published 3 days earlier, began going viral.
In a piece titled “It’s Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump,” writer Klaus Brinkbäumer delivers a scathing review of the 45th President of the United States. Some of the highlights:
“The U.S. elected a laughing stock to the presidency and has now made itself dependent on a joke of a man. The country is, as David Brooks wrote recently in the New York Times, dependent on a child. The Trump administration has no foreign policy because Trump has consistently promised American withdrawal while invoking America’s strength. He has promised both no wars and more wars. He makes decisions according to his mood, with no strategic coherence or tactical logic. Moscow and Beijing are laughing at America. Elsewhere, people are worried.
“Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.
“He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media’s tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.
“The first is Trump’s resignation, which won’t happen. The second is that Republicans in the House and Senate support impeachment, which would be justified by the president’s proven obstruction of justice, but won’t happen because of the Republicans’ thirst for power, which they won’t willingly give up. The third possible solution is the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would require the cabinet to declare Trump unfit to discharge the powers of the presidency. That isn’t particularly likely either. Fourth: The Democrats get ready to fight and win back majorities in the House and Senate in midterm elections, which are 18 months away, before they then pursue option two, impeachment.”
“Fifth: the international community wakes up and finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its dependence on the U.S. Unlike the preceding four options, the fifth doesn’t directly solve the Trump problem, but it is nevertheless necessary – and possible.
Ouch. Well, in Trump’s defense, maybe it sounds nicer in the original German.