Courtesy of WaPo:
As President Trump heads to Europe next month for the NATO summit and then a historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his personal attacks on the European Union and other pillars of the Western order are overshadowing his own administration’s attempts to reassure allies that the United States still believes in the transatlantic project it has led since the 1940s.
During a private meeting at the White House in late April, Trump was discussing trade with French President Emmanuel Macron. At one point, he asked Macron, “Why don’t you leave the E.U.?” and said that if France exited the union, Trump would offer it a bilateral trade deal with better terms than the E.U. as a whole gets from the United States, according to two European officials. The White House did not dispute the officials’ account, but declined to comment.
Let’s set aside for a moment the point that Trump’s proposal reveals a basic lack of understanding of Macron’s views and those of the people who elected him. This is an instance of the president of the United States offering an incentive to dismantle an organization of America’s allies, against stated U.S. government policy.
Trump is acting more and more like a mafioso.
Using money and the promise of power to break up unions and coerce powerful people into falling in line with his agenda.
And of course, we all realize that this is exactly why Putin helped Trump to win the White House, right?
I mean the reality that this is all payback for that favor in 2016 is pretty well established by now, right?
Because if that is still up for discussion people are simply demonstrating an inability to connect the dots.
Every news agency in the country should now be referring to Trump as “Putin’s puppet” and no longer degrade the title of “President” by using it to describe him.