Congressman Blasts Trump Over Major Diplomatic Blunder – ‘He’s Unfit’
Trump failed basic diplomacy
Congressman Ted Lieu from California’s 33rd district has made a damning declaration that is familiar yet refreshing: Donald Trump is unfit for the Oval Office. His reason being the President’s deliberate lying to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 15, 2018
What happened was Trump, in an effort to bolster support for Senate candidate Josh Hawley who is running to represent Missouri, disclosed a disturbing story to a crowd of supporters about a meeting he had with Trudeau. In it, Trump told the Prime Minister blatant statistical falsehoods relating to trade deficits between the two countries.
As The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, Damian Paletta, and Erica Werner reported:
“. . . So, he’s proud. I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. . . . I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid. . . . And I thought they were smart. I said, ‘You’re wrong, Justin.’ He said, ‘Nope, we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Well, in that case, I feel differently,’ I said, ‘but I don’t believe it.’ I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, ‘Check, because I can’t believe it.'”
“‘Well, sir, you’re actually right. We have no deficit, but that doesn’t include energy and timber. . . . And when you do, we lose $17 billion a year.’ It’s incredible.”
Except it wasn’t incredible because it was not true; the United States actually has a trade surplus with Canada. But, as Politifact’s coverage during the 2016 general election has proven, it’s pointless to fact check this President as his supporters won’t care. In that same speech Trump reportedly made erroneous claims regarding other countries as well, like Japan dropping bowling balls on cars to test their manufacturing capability.
One of the many roles the President of the United States has is being the Chief Diplomat. This is because they have to meet with many World Leaders and, theoretically, provide a good image of the U.S. that encourages international cooperation.
Trump subverted that through his aforementioned actions, and Lieu is spot on in his analysis; making stuff up and dealing dishonestly, and disrespectfully with our close allies makes him completely unfit to be representing the US to a global audience. To hammer in the point, Lieu referenced “2 + 2 = 5,” a famous line from George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” that alluded to the idea of the federal government standardizing wrongful perceptions at the cost of objective truths.
I previously alluded to “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in my article about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman resigning over his refusal to parrot fake Trump Administration statistics about crime. With “alternative facts,” white lies, spin lies, and the “Bowling Green massacre” all being infamous cases of deception from this White House, it goes without saying that Trump is treading dangerous waters here. As evidenced by the fact that Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece has been relevant twice in one week.
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