After less than five months in office President Trump has the distinction of reeking havoc with allies abroad and opponents at home. Watch out Israel. This is a president who acts like a snake-oil salesman, stoking emotions and promising the earth, only to leave a heap of wreckage in his wake.
High on his campaign assurances was a quick relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Now it looks to be another example of fake news.
In the heat of his flamboyant coaresness he led chanting crowds calling for Hillary Clinton to be locked up. She’s still free.
He boasted he had more attendees at his inauguration than his predecessor, yet it was another case of fiction.
Without any evidence, he claimed he lost the popular electoral vote because two or three million people voted illegally. It turned out to be another sample of fabricated news.
The list is long, but once again he put a spoke in the wheel when withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on controlling climate change. “I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he declared with the braggadocio of a dictator. Not only did that city vote overwhelmingly for Hillary, but the elected Democratic Mayor of Pittsburgh pledged to continue adhering to the fundamentals of the Paris Agreement.
Abroad, the president of the European Commission said he would now likely be working more closely with China than the United States.
In a double whammy he said European leaders tried to explain the Paris Agreement to Trump “in simple sentences,” but got the impression the American leader was still baffled.
Trump surely qualifies as the biggest loser “in history,” as he is fond of saying.
The President returned from his whirlwind tour to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Sicily, and Brussels bragging that he’d hit “a home run.” He must be shortsighted because the ball he wacked was caught by an outfielder and the spectators groaned.
The American rudely pushed aside the prime minister of Montenegro at the NATO meeting, then, having secured a place in the front row for the photo op, Trump raised his head and tightened his look to assume the style of a modern Mussolini.
President Trump so offended our true and tested allies that the powerful German leader rebuked him, declaring that Europe would now have to “take our fate into our own hands.” She dumped blind allegiance to Uncle Sam, saying that the days of reliance on America “were over, to a certain extent.”
Trump’s catastrophic chaos came while top officials in his campaign and transition team are running for cover for allegedly secretly communing with archenemy Russia.
Thank goodness the attorney general was forced to recuse himself from the investigation, and a renowned independent, former head of the FBI, was appointed to head up the probe – before the White House could try and block the appointment.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will hopefully get to the bottom of this burgeoning scandal. It will take time, possibly carrying into next year, but the American public can rest assured that he will act with the utmost integrity. If past is prologue, he will not be influenced in his findings by those with power and status. Neither will he be intimidated to shield those who may have flouted the law, betrayed the trust of the general public, or indulged in shady practises.
We can only hope that the investigation is so thorough that it will expose any trace of Russia withholding compromising evidence The hue and cry has reached such startling proportions that it is not far-fetched to consider that the Russians may have something up their sleeves to account for such secretive and bizarre behavior of a handful of our own.
Anthony S. Pitch is a former journalist in America, England, Israel, and Africa.