Child President

Trump’s Advisers Say His Petulance Was Actually a Show of Strength

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump made an ass of himself at the Group of Seven (G7) meeting over the weekend, but he was not the only one.

As soon as Trump finished barking at our closest allies and trading partners, his top economic and trade advisers took to the airwaves to suck all the oxygen out of the room and, in the process, they (incidentally?) revealed what this is really all about.

Trump's top trade adviser Peter Navarro attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump's outburst was a show of strength.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News. [...]

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around … on the eve of this," [Kudlow] said firmly. "[Kim Jong Un] must not see American weakness."

Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the U.S. was responsible for the problem with tariffs, Kudlow added.

Trudeau was actually quite calm, measured, and as polite as can be expected when firmly standing up to Trump, but in Trumpworld any opposition to the Mad King, no matter how reasonable it is, is perceived as "weakness."

Past actions and statements made by North Korea suggest that they are not so dumb or gullible as to believe ranting at the G7 makes Trump look tough, or whatever. It's more likely they will see his childish posturing as a weakness if they even care at all what happens at the G7. Kudlow's disclosure on worldwide television that this is all posturing makes the latter even more likely and, in any case, it's not as if scolding Justin Trudeau will make Kim Jong Un more willing to give up his nuclear weapons.

The idea that irrationally attacking our allies makes you look tough, or that simply looking tough will get you what you want, is the stuff of insecure, octogenarian men whose idea of strength is based on the Marlboro Man.

The Marlboro Man died of cancer.

  • muselet

    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised or dismayed that two of Donald Trump’s advisers rolled out a Dolchstoßlegende (stab-in-the-back myth) for a new generation.

    It’s not as if anything bad happened the last time someone promoted such a myth, right?

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    Ooooh…so when someone “tells it like it is” but it’s not in favor of trump then the trump cult doesn’t like it. So much for admiring the straight talk, eh?

  • Georgie
  • Aynwrong

    Bullshit tough guy rhetoric will not solve or lessen the dangers of the world. Especially when it all comes from bullshit tough guys.

    Wearing a ten gallon hat does not make you a cowboy. Especially not when it’s sitting on an 11 gallon head.

  • gescove

    I recall that photo of Pence giving his best grim-faced, steely-eyed glare over the DMZ to “demonstrate our resolve” — another touchstone in this administration’s ridiculousness.

    • Badgerite

      Resolve? trump will go there for the photo op and to legitimize a monstrous dictator. He seems to get on very well with dictators. He just gives them everything they want. Legitimizing Kim is the first step to removing any sanctions for his nuclear program and then withdrawing all US forces from the Korean peninsula. The left will cheer because the left always cheers when the US withdraws from anywhere in the world regardless of the consequences for the region or the interests of freedom in the world. Overtime, Kim will smoother South Korea as he has the North. Kim will not allow anything that actually challenges him. That includes anything bordering on private enterprise or freedom of speech.
      We won’t even get into how this may affect Japan in the future. If the US cannot be relied on to protect their interests in the region and the world, including their military interests, what do you think they will do? How likely is it that they will remain non-nuclear? It was not an accident that the departments dealing with sanctions and human rights have been gutted from the State Department. The United States is aligning itself with the dictators of the world and attacking democracies and democratic leaders. Don’t believe for five seconds that the gop will stand up for democracy here at home if they will not do so on the world stage.

  • John Howes

    Give me a break.