At NATO Headquarters, Trump Fails Another Leadership Test – Amy Davidson- The New Yorker

This is a recommended read from Amy Davidson, published in the New Yorker. She argues that Trump’s world view seems to combine a distaste for Islam with a predilection for monarchs — for anyone with a decent palace, really.

Source: At NATO Headquarters, Trump Fails Another Leadership Test – Amy Davidson- The New Yorker

Significantly, Trump did not reaffirm Article 5 of the NATO treaty and he was very blunt about European countries paying their fair share to NATO. Trump called for NATO to fight terrorism and surprisingly, immigration.

Trump comes across as an intellectual light-weight, prone to slipping on bananas. Most importantly, other leaders recognize the importance of constant praise to fuel his ego.

The NATO conference will also be remembered for the film clip on social media of Trump physically shoving the Prime Minister of Montenegro aside, so that Trump could be at the front of a group photo. In a school photo, the behaviour would be described as that of a bully.

What ever happened to the US that was the beacon of liberty and believer in the American Dream?

Thoughts?

The truth hurts: Donald Trump’s budget ignores what is ailing American workers | The Economist

In this short article, the Economist cuts to the chaise. It argues that cuts to social programmes are unlikely to improve the health or employment prospects for struggling Americans.

The truth hurts: Donald Trump’s budget ignores what is ailing American workers | The Economist

Trump was elected on a Far-Right populist ticket. His support came from poorer, less educated, older whites, down on their luck. But the budget is harsh on poor Americans and those dependent on public healthcare.

The evidence is clear. The numbers don’t add up. What next?

Look to history, populist leaders look for scapegoats, to turn the public’s attention from the real issues. Let’s hope that Trump is not preparing America for war.

Thoughts?