America’s president has accomplished something I doubt any other president has ever done in one day. A distinct dislike by two of our most important allies and a threat of war.
First he accused Great Britain, America’s most valuable ally, of participating in the wire tapping of the Trump Tower in New York City. He suggested that former president Barack Obama convinced Britain’s spy agency to monitor Mr. Trump during last year’s election campaign. Livid British officials adamantly denied the allegation and secured promises from senior White House officials never to repeat it. But a defiant Mr. Trump refused to back down, making clear that the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for because his spokesman had simply repeated an assertion made by a Fox News commentator. Fox itself later disavowed the report.
Second, Mr. Trump in his first face to face meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, not only refused to shake hand with her, accused Germany of manipulating the Euro in a way that gave Germany an unfair trade advantage against the United States. She sat, obviously in an awkward situation, as Trump defended his wire tapping accusations.
Third, while Trump was busy in Washington, D.C. his Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was in Seoul, South Korea threatening a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea. He said that “The policy of strategic patience has ended.”
No doubt that Donald Trump has stirred things up in Washington. How has these actions put America in a better place?