Donald Trump’s disdain for German Chancellor Angela Merkel is no secret, but a recent report on what happened immediately after the now-infamous viral photo of the two world leaders was taken at the G7 summit suggests their relationship is even contemptuous than we could imagine.
CBS News correspondent Ian Bremmer reports that during the photo, Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pressured Trump to sign a pledge committing the U.S. to adhere to a rules-based international order.
“Trump was sitting there with his arms crossed, clearly not liking the fact that he felt like they were ganging up on him,” Bremmer reported. “Eventually he agreed. He said, okay I’ll sign it.”
But what Trump did immediately afterward, left world leaders stunned in disbelief.
“At that point, he stood up, he put his hand in his suit jacket pocket and he took two Starburst candies out, threw them on the table and said to Merkel, ‘Here, Angela, don’t say I never gave you anything,’” Bremmer explained.
According to the correspondent, the exchange highlighted Trump’s fragile “emotional state.”
Trump also decided to remove his name from the document later.
“His personal relationship with Merkel is deeply broken,” Bremmer added. “The leaders obviously do not respect each other.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is America’s sitting president behaving worse than a spoiled two-year-old before the eyes of some of the most influential world leaders on the planet.
The saddest part about this story is that just a year or two ago, a story like this involving a U.S. president would have instantly been perceived as a parody or “fake news” by our sense of normalcy. But now our minds have become so dulled by the insanity that is the Trump presidency, that we are barely moved by any of his outrageous personal behavior. This new subterranean bar is the real threat to America’s future.
Trump could either be the beginning of our decline or the wakeup call we need to get off our asses and wrestle control away from the people who foolishly put him in office. We have a lot of work to do.
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