Takedown artist Trump has been on a roll, doing everything possible to create extremely difficult conditions and reputational damage for America.
First came canceled talks with the Russians in Paris on Nov. 11 during the weekend centennial anniversary of Armistice Day events. Trump tweeted that he was canceling talks with Putin at the G-20 summit in Argentina hours before they were to meet last week. At the conference, he was seen snubbing Putin as they crossed paths.
“This is a signal for us that it’s difficult to deal with this person, that he’s unreliable and unsuitable as a partner,” said Andrey Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council.
Meanwhile, we learn that as Trump feigned cozy dealings at the meeting and dinner with China’s President Xi, , National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed that he knew in advance of the dinner that Canadian police were preparing to arrest Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng.
Reuters inexplicably reports that Trump was reportedly unaware the U.S. had requested Meng’s extradition from Canada. That signals extreme incompetence or malice — and perhaps they are effectively one and the same.
We also see the archetypal Trump pump-and-dump operation around China issues in the increasingly stressed stock market.
Nov. 30 on the G-20 stage there was a group photo planned. But, in behavior typical of Trump, he merely shakes hands with Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and walks off the stage. Seriously? Trump is a guy who was involved in beauty pageants and was husband to the queen of protocols, Ivanka “Chocolate on the Pillow” Trump. Does he no longer have a protocol adviser that he listens to? This behavior is beyond the pale.
There is a two-week stopgap fiscal funding measure in place until Dec. 21. This affords an opportunity for the actors to set up an economic crisis going into Christmas. WWE tag-team partner Nancy Pelosi rejected Donald “The Red Queen” Trump’s $5 billion demand for border security, and Pelosi told reporters she would refuse an offer to permanently resolve the standoff over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in exchange for any money for a border wall.
In this next video, Trump arrives at George H.W. Bush’s funeral service and shakes hands with Barrack and Michelle Obama. Trump and the Clintons appear to mutually snub on another. He’s then approached by George W. Crowley Bush, Jr. and they shake hands. Then, the 4-D chess-antics performer leaves the service early.
In more signs the end game is nearing, several reports have claimed that Donald Trump, Jr. is in the crosshairs of the Mueller investigation. Jr. reportedly told close friends and family he expects to be indicted as well.
One of the pundits, Tucker Carlson, who supports many of Trumps policies but rarely comments about the man, told a Swiss newspaper in a Q&A-format interview on Tuesday that America’s president is incapable of governing.
Do you think he has kept his promises? Has he achieved his goals?
No. His chief promises were that he would build the wall, de-fund planned parenthood, and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things. There are a lot of reasons for that, but since I finished writing the book, I’ve come to believe that Trump’s role is not as a conventional president who promises to get certain things achieved to the Congress and then does. I don’t think he’s capable. I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think the Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him. He’s not going to do that. …
… has he really achieved nothing?
Not much. Not much. Much less than he should have. I’ve come to believe he’s not capable of it.
Why should he be not capable?
Because the legislative process in this country by design is highly complex, and it’s designed to be complex as a way of diffusing power, of course, because the people who framed our Constitution, founded our country, were worried about concentrations of power. They balanced it among the three branches as you know and they made it very hard to make legislation. In order to do it you really have to understand how it works and you have to be very focused on getting it done, and he knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t and surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do so. It’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things. I’m not in charge of Trump.
I can tell you how his presidency ends. On some Friday evening around midnight, Trump will post a joke-is-on-you tweet announcing his resignation. That would certainly be par for the protocol being employed thus far.