Trump a Disaster says John Boehner. Do you agree?
Is Trump a disaster? Trump will not enjoy hearing that former Speaker of the House John Boehner has called him a “disaster.” But Mr Boehner allegedly has dubbed the president as such recently, while the president was traveling abroad in the Middle East and Europe.
Is this a fair assessment? Is Trump a disaster? Well, that is a bit harsh and it is a bit premature to say that, I think. Things are a bit rocky at the moment at home and abroad, there have been some hiccups.
Domestically, for example, the Russia probe is not going away; it is only getting hotter. Now, it turns out that the president’s son in law and senior White House official Jared Kushner, who is traveling with the president as we speak, is really being investigated heavily by the FBI about his involvement with Russia.
While Jared is not officially being accused of wrongdoing, the authorities want to know what are his connections to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and banker Sergei Gorkov. According to an abcnews report:
Separately, the White House confirmed that in December, Kushner met with Sergei Gorkov of Russian bank Vnesheconombank, or VEB, at the suggestion of the Russian ambassador.
A senior White House official said the conversation was “general and inconsequential” and that Kushner took the meeting as part of his campaign role of interfacing with foreign dignitaries. But the bank described the discussion to ABC News as a “negotiation” in which “the parties discussed the business practices applied by foreign development banks, as well as most promising business lines and sectors.”
The December meeting, which like Kushner’s meeting with Kislyak came to light in March, happened as Kushner Companies, the real estate firm of Jared Kushner’s family, was engaged in what has been described in public statements as “active, advanced negotiations … with a number of potential investors” about the redevelopment of a skyscraper the company owns at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Plus, Kushner has all these separate “disclosure” issues that have nothing to do with Russia. Artnews.com reports for example, that he and Ivanka did not disclose millions of dollars worth of art as required by federal law.
Trump’s son in law’s omissions are said to be a matter of importance to the president and to the presidency. In other words, as the investigation unfolds, if it does, the president himself, and his tenure as president, could be implicated and tainted by this story.
In addition to the domestic problems, Trump’s first foreign trip has not gone all that smoothly. This according to various media that includes CNN, the New Yorker, Politico, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Artnews.
What else could possibly go wrong for this president?
First, his wife Melania humiliated him by swatting his hand away when he attempted to hold her hand on the red carpet in Israel. At no time did she look happy like a wife in love during the entire trip, in fact. At times, she appeared to be in mourning and other times, downright pissed OFF. It left everybody speculating about the state of their marital union.
Then the European leaders at the NATO summit did not readily let Trump occupy the front and central position to the point that he had to forcibly shove one of them – the president of Montenegro – out of his way. Literally, he shoved the guy out of his way! It was unbelievable. The move went viral on social media and they created all these humiliating gifs showing Trump as a little, tiny man. He is not going to be happy with that at all and when he gets home, all hell is probably going to break lose on Twitter.
Added to that, the prime minister of Great Britain allegedly scolded Trump for the handling of intelligence about the Manchester terrorist attacks (the intel was widely dispersed in the media and allegedly it was somehow Trump’s fault). This is following closely on the heels of allegations that just before his trip abroad, Trump let slip intel he had received from the Israelis about ISIS, to the Russians. For the latter slip, people in his own party were whispering that he is “incompetent.”
Added to that, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, a 39 year old, beat Trump at the “tough guy handshake.” Trump has been known to crush other leaders with his handshake including the prime ministers of Japan and Canada. But the French president, Monsieur Macron, seemed to have outlasted Trump and made himself look more virile than the American president! It was unbelievable.
On top of all that, the president of Germany Angela Merkel did her best to make Trump look insipid with that speech she gave about the Berlin Wall. This speech was given not long after Merkel had a private visit with former US president and Trump nemesis Barack Obama who is in Berlin to discuss climate change.
Not only that, as far as the question whether Trump is a disaster, or not, but the rest of the allies through their eyes, snickered at Trump for lecturing them about “paying their fair share” for NATO defense while at the same time he praised the King of Saudi Arabia with whom he recently signed, on behalf of the US, a multi-billion dollar cash for arms/weapons trade deal. At the same time, he did not re-affirm America’s commitment to Article 5 of the NATO agreement.
Many of the pictures of Trump from the European leg of his trip showed him looking like a petulant child. It could just be the narrative they tried to set up, but there were all these pictures that showed the US president in a very negative light.
While all that was going on, China reportedly intercepted some American planes that were flying over its waters.
Is all this why Boehner called Trump a disaster?