Last week a tape of a public appearance by Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became widely available in America. The tape was of a public appearance in Australia where Turnbull told a series of Donald Trump jokes that brought the house down in laughter. They were easy laughs; one step up from fart jokes. Such is the international perception of my President. What are the implications of that? Let’s explore.
Australia is far from America’s enemy! In fact a case can be made that it is America’s number one ally. I’m not certain I would give it the top slot, but it is certainly in the discussion. What Australians think of my country and its President matters!
Australia is also a long way away from America. It is literally on the other side of the world. It’s not right next door like Canada or Mexico. I’m not certain exactly what Trump’s image is like in Canada but I know the people detest him and the elected officials openly criticize him in Mexico. In large part the fear of Trumpian incompetence is credited for the outcome of recent French and English elections. Trump is neither loved nor respected in Germany. I could go on but I think I made my point. The world viewed George W. Bush as a lovable fool. They respected and mostly loved the cerebral Barack Obama. Trump has taken the image of America and its President to a low that has never been experienced in my lifetime. I expect our enemies to hate us; I’m talking about our allies.
Trump ran on the unpatriotic slogan: “Make America great again”. I guess I misunderstood what he was trying to say. What he has accomplished is to make America an international punchline. In my mind you can’t get much further from great.
America is the world’s mightiest nation when measured by economic and/or military might; since at least the end of World War II and until Trump its President has been viewed as the leader of the free world. You can’t be the leader of the free world when it’s most important nations view you as a failure and a joke. A leader must be respected by those who follow them and feared by those who oppose them. I’ve established what our allies think of Trump; does anyone think Vladimir Putin fears Trump?
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