There’s a certain amount of nonsense that a country is going to have to deal with when it elects someone with absolutely zero experience to run the country — and Donald Trump has shown that there is no limit. From his behavior on and off Twitter, regardless of what country he is in, The Donald has shown the most unpresidential behavior at every opportunity and has never even bothered to prove his critics wrong.
One of the big differences that we’ve seen in Trump’s presidency is the ridiculous way in which he behaves when he’s speaking to other world leaders. Even countries such as Mexico and Australia, which have been very committed allies to the U.S., have been challenged under Trump. And according to recent transcripts that were acquired by the Washington Post, it’s easy to see how these relationships have been strained under Trump.
These transcripts revealed that during one call with former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump sent mixed signals like nobody’s business. In one breath he offered to help Mexico fight trade, and in another, he threatened the country with new tariffs. And of course, the border wall also came up. Trump said:
The United States has a trade deficit with Mexico of $60 billion. And the United States will not have those deficits anymore. We do not mind a small deficit, and we do not mind a little time to get there.”
While Peña Nieto seemed receptive to resolving the trade gap, things turned around when it came to the border wall. Trump was nothing but disagreeable when it came to this topic and tried his regular bullying tactics:
We cannot say that anymore because if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”
Trump was being so unreasonable that the Mexican president actually had to change the subject.
Another call with Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was even more controversial. The purpose of the call was to discuss the U.S. taking 2,000 Syrian refugees, which Trump was worried about would make his travel ban look weak. Trump told Turnbull:
And I am saying, boy that will make us look awfully bad. Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people.”
Turnbull tried to explain how the in-place deal worked, but Trump pushed back and even brought former president Obama into it. He said:
Now Obama thought this deal worked for him and he drove a hard bargain with us – that it was agreed with Obama more than a year ago in the Oval Office, long before the election. The principles of the deal were agreed to.”
Needless to say, the call didn’t last long and ended quite abruptly.
Trump’s transcripts show the full severity of his mental instability and show that he is incapable of working diplomatically with anyone.
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