Donald Trump wants you to know that he’s not impressed with those shoe-smuggling, maple syrup swigging, deadbeat Canucks, nor their leader Justin Trudeau — nor, for that matter Emmanuel Macron. Trump considers them “wise guys” and so the two world leaders dissing him in front of Boris Johnson Tuesday night at the NATO Summit did not go down well a tall a tall. Trump let Trudeau know it. New York Times:
“Well, he’s two-faced,” the president said when asked about the video. After a long pause, he added, “He’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy.”
Mr. Trump, who was taking questions from reporters ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, attributed Mr. Trudeau’s frustration to the American leader’s pressure campaign to increase Canada’s military spending to 2 percent of its economic output.
“He should be paying more than he’s paying,” Mr. Trump said. “I called him out on that, and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it, but that’s the way it is.”
And that’s just what Trump says about Trudeau this year. Last year was pretty bad, as well.
Last year, Mr. Trump derided the Canadian leader as “very dishonest and weak” after Mr. Trudeau pledged at a Group of 7 summit in Quebec City that he would retaliate against United States tariffs on steel and aluminum products. Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter at the time that Mr. Trudeau had acted “so meek and mild” when they met face to face.
Trump can’t laugh at himself, because to do so takes humility, and he has none. He’s just an overblown ego encased in an obese flesh suit. That said, he does not like it when others laugh at him.
Mr. Trump has long bridled at the idea of other world leaders poking fun at the United States, and part of his 2016 presidential campaign pitch to voters was that his election would change how America was viewed abroad. “The world is laughing at us,” he said frequently during the campaign, criticizing the leadership of President Barack Obama.
In June 2017, when he announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Mr. Trump said: “We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won’t be. They won’t be.”
In 2018, laughter broke out at the United Nations General Assembly when Mr. Trump claimed that his administration had “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”
The president insisted at the time that he was not the target, saying, “They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me.”
No, they were laughing at you, and your preposterous preening and your reality TV spin on what a world leader looks and sounds like — which is a complete joke. The truly tragic part about Trump’s reign as POTUS is that absolutely everybody on all seven continents of the world is in on the joke, except for him.