World Stares at Trump: Washington Post

Whether on denying climate change is a problem or pulling US troops from Syria while giving Kurdish allies five days to avoid Turkish forces, Donald Trump rationalizes policies that the rest of the world find incomprehensible. The US president seems alone against the world, suggests Dana Milbank for the Washington Post. Trump blames the intelligence community, the news media, academia and Democrats, suggesting all carry a grudge against him. Trump blames tech companies and the entertainment industry for ignoring Republican interests and Europe and other nations for not contributing enough to NATO operations. He attacks his most loyal supporters for not agreeing with him on the Syria pullout. “Sickeningly, he attacked just-abandoned Kurdish allies as if they deserve the massacre they are now receiving,” Milbank writes. “He portrayed these friends as enemies, saying they’re “not angels,” that it’s “natural for them” to fight…” As winner of the 2016 election, Trump suggests that he can dismiss minority concerns or majority opinions as he pleases. Foreign officials attending press conferences and meetings with Trump generally listen “without expression” and proceed to issue their opinions. – YaleGlobal

World Stares at Trump: Washington Post

Before becoming president, Trump suggested the world was laughing at the US; a columnist suggests that world leaders keep a poker face for meetings with Trump
Dana Milbank
Monday, October 21, 2019

Read the essay from the Washington Post about the reactions of world leaders in meetings with the US president. 

Dana Milbank is a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist. He also provides political commentary for various TV outlets, and he is the author of three books on politics, including the national bestseller “Homo Politicus.” Milbank joined The Post in 2000 as a Style political writer, then covered the presidency of George W. Bush as a White House correspondent before starting the column in 2005.

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