|Pope Francis "appearing to make amends" with President Trump. with two unidentified Spanish princesses visiting from 1957.|
Trump’s foreign trip didn’t solve his media problem, but it helped https://t.co/ekcHoT1aUE— Callum Borchers (@callumborchers) May 29, 2017
Helped what? https://t.co/ijjdifvqS5— Armando (@armandodkos) May 29, 2017
Borchers explains, for one thing,
A welcome change always helps!
And it generated some non-negative story lines! Ton of laughs when he forgot where he was in the middle of a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and waddled away, needing to be carefully steered back by staff, like a whale that has inadvertently floated into a harbor.
Though by the time he got to Europe, sponsoring the leakage of all sorts of material from the Manchester terror investigation and unable to affirm the NATO Article 5 commitment or the 175-nation Paris agreement on climate change, causing visible anguish in the faces of his fellow leaders with his physical rudeness and moral and mental cluelessness, and putt-putting in his golf cart in the rear as the other leaders used their legs to tour the ancient streets of Taomina, the humor was beginning to run a little thin for some of us.
But hey, the Saudis were "warm" to the president, Netanyahu was glad to say that "intelligence cooperation is terrific, and it's never been better" in spite of the fact that Trump passed some secret Israeli information to the Russian ambassador (that's a Bibi lie: in fact it infuriated Israeli intelligence and they have been obliged to change the protocols of information sharing with the US in order to maintain control over their secrets), and he and the Pope "appeared to make amends" (or, as The Economist wrote, "they stuck to safe topics").
I won't deny that was good for his image.
Well, there you have the little flaw in Mr. Borchers's interesting hypothesis, which is that he eventually had to come home. Instead of his warm welcome from the Saudi royal family and the chummy homosocial environment of sword dances and Toby Keith concerts, he is confronted by demands that he say something about the Oregon heroes, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche (23) and Ricky John Best (53) who were murdered on Friday as they tried to defend a Muslim teenager from a white supremacist knife attacker and enthusiastic Trump supporter on a Portland commuter train (he did end up saying something, or rather the people who run his little-used official White House @POTUS Twitter account did it for him, still not mentioning their names). Instead of having his morning activities carefully planned scheduled, he's back in a time zone where he can wake up to Fox News and start sending tweets on his own reckless initiative:
I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere. ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
Demonstrating once again that either nobody has told him what's in the
Visiting Saudi Arabia and those other places may have given him some temporary relief from his sorrows, but you can't really call it "helping" unless it has some longer-lasting benefits.
Which brings me to my modest proposal: He ought to spend the rest of his presidency in Dubai, where he already has a nice hotel to spend his nights in and a world-class golf course ("exceeding all expectations," the promo copy says), friends like Erik Prince and the real estate tycoon Hussain Saljwani, and Fox & Friends comes on the air at two in the afternoon, when he's safely out puttering around the links.
You could be a great president, Donald, or shall we say emperor, if you just stop doing everything you do!
|Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, UAE.|
Cross-posted at No More Mister Nice Blog.