The Trump Watch – end of June (part 2 of 2)

(Part 1 appeared yesterday.  Find it here.)

A Would-Be Dictator’s Wet Dream

Upon returning home from North Korea, Trump gave an impromptu interview to Fox News – because he doesn’t have the guts to talk to a real news organization  – during which he spoke about that country’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un:

He’s the head of a country and I mean he is the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different.  He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.

Of course, Kim’s people sit up at attention because they know that failing to do so could get them killed.

That’s not a threat here.

At least not yet.

Later, after learning about a few hours of backlash over the statement, Trump said he was just kidding.

But we all know he wasn’t.

More on the Dictator Wannabe

Kim Jong-Trump is coming to view the constitution as a nuisance.

Or so the online publication The Hill reports.

President Trump  privately complained to aides about not being able to use an executive order to solve the ongoing crisis over immigration, according to The New York Times.

 According to the publication, aides have tried explaining to him that his limited executive power prevents him from implementing a comprehensive immigration overhaul. 

Damn our silly “rule of law” system!

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

Send Agent Orange.

Or so he clearly believes.

Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!

No longer a threat!  It was that easy!

And this:

Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer – sleep well tonight!

Well, if he says so.

Elites

Trump had some bizarre and hilarious things to say about “elites” last week.  The Washington Post explains.

A regular talking point of conservatives when criticizing their political opponents is to characterize them as “elites.” It’s often used as a slur to suggest that those who disagree with conservative values on guns, marriage, abortion and immigration are out of touch and have little in common with the average American.

 But President Trump’s use of the term Wednesday at a rally in Duluth, Minn., makes one wonder whether there could be more behind some conservatives blasting of those deemed “elite.” He told the crowd:

 You ever notice they always call the other side “the elite”? The elite! Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment than they do. I’m smarter than they are. I’m richer than they are. I became president, and they didn’t. And I am representing the greatest, smartest, most loyal, best people on Earth, the deplorables.

 It appears that Trump doesn’t just have a problem with those in the exclusive club of elites. It sounds as if he’s expressing frustration that he is not a part of that select group. His boasts about his residence, bank account and intelligence sound like someone who wants membership in a club that has repeatedly rejected him.

 What he doesn’t understand, The Curmudgeon believes, is that according to people who think the way he does, being part of the elite is a bad thing, not a good thing.  But then, this is a guy whose ego demands constant stroking and who is on a never-ending search for acceptable by people who are never, ever going to accept him.

 R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Find out what it means to…Trump.

At a recent political rally he declared that

Most importantly, our country is respected again all over the world. We’re not making apologies. We’re not making excuses. We’re respected again as a country. 

Does anyone take such a claim seriously?

Consider this report from the publication Business Insider, about the G-7 summit:

Appearing on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer described another tense interaction between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom Trump has a rocky diplomatic relationship. 

 Bremmer said that at the end of the summit, Merkel and Trudeau were pressing Trump to sign the joint communique, a statement expressing common diplomatic goals and traditionally signed by all parties at G7 summits. 

 “Trump was sitting there with his arms crossed, clearly not liking the fact that he felt like they were ganging up on him. He eventually agreed; he said OK, he’ll sign it,” Bremmer said. “At that point, he stood up, he put his hand in his pocket — his suit jacket pocket — and he took two Starburst candies out, threw them on the table, and said to Merkel: ‘Here, Angela. Don’t say I never give you anything.'”

Which might be understandable if he was three years old and hadn’t had his nap but for the president of the United States?

More important, who respects someone who behaves like that?

Speaking of Behaving Like a Three-Year-Old

Last week Agent Orange met with Senate Republicans to talk government programs and spending – for, among other things, his precious wall.

And when it became clear that the senators weren’t interested in giving him the $25 billion he demanded for the wall, he threatened to shut down the entire federal government in September.

Over the wall.

Unless he got his way.

Seriously.

More Three-Year-Old-Like Behavior

Name-calling.

This time, an oldie but goodie.  While campaigning for the Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, Trump noted that his guy’s opponent, Jacky Rosen, had surrogates campaigning for himself as well:

Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas

…he said, referring, of course, to Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.

Here we are, in the middle of a national dialogue about learning to respect people, and all Trump can do is continue resorting to name-calling.

He needs to grow up.

 

 

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