Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
songfourone

Far from being a global leader, Donald Trump’s Asia trip shows that he is being played

6 posts in this topic

Such is the paradoxical nature of Donald Trump's Presidency that it should perhaps have come as no surprise that the man who swept to power on the promise of putting “America First” should undertake a lengthier tour of Asia than any of his three most recent predecessors. Perhaps he decided that it is more pleasant to be feted as a foreign dignitary than hated as a divisive head of state. Certainly he enjoyed many warm words of welcome from those he visited during his trip – and he repaid the compliments by the bucketload. Yet it remains unclear whether Trump actually achieved a great deal during his 11 days away. 

At the outset, he was said to have three objectives, according to General HR McMaster, the US National Security Adviser. First was the promotion of democratic freedom and openness; second was to press for 'fair' trade to boost America's prosperity; third was to deal with North Korea. In relation to the first aim, it might have been thought that the President would raise concerns over human rights abuses by China, or the large-scale killing of drug pushers in the Philippines, or the lack of media freedom in Vietnam. When it came to it, though, he evidently felt it was a little impertinent to be so rude. He is, after all, always wary of causing offence.

As for the second, he has regularly railed against Chinese trade policies, which he argues amount to an assault on America's economy. Yet when he was actually in Beijing, he simply told President Xi what a “special man” he was (Xi, not Trump, though he probably feels the same about himself).

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-asia-china-north-korea-putin-being-played-a8052261.html

 

Edited by Baltimatt
Too long a quote

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Either he's being played or actively advancing Russia's interests. 

Supreme idiot at best, traitor at worst.

Edited by Heisenberg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

42 minutes ago, Heisenberg said:

Either he's being played or actively advancing Russia's interests. 

Supreme idiot at best, traitor at worst.

 

Or both?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's sad that everyone knows how easy it is to manipulate this moron.  All you have to do is put on a show for him and sing his praises with lots of pomp and circumstance and he'll agree to whatever the hell you want.  As long as your feed his narcissism he's putty in your hands.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

American presidents have been touring autocrat nations for decades & spouting their paternalist lectures on human rights abuses. Now here's the first President the autocrats've seen for whom human rights abuses are a symbol of power & prestige.

I'm not so sure he's "being played"; after all, didn't Candidate Trump threaten to bring back waterboarding? Certainly he admires the bait-&-switch rulers, wants to be one himself, & so hopes his admiration for latter-day duces & fuehrers is reciprocated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0