Trump Left the Paris Climate Accord Partly Due to Being ‘Bewildered’ Over Macron Handshake
This is truly amazing-and frightening. I’m not a huge fan of the 25th Amendment crowd as while I want to get him out of office, I think this is properly a political decision that must go through the Congress, though it’s interesting that Reagan’s own staff once considered invoking it against him after Iran-Contra broke.
Still it seems to me that using the 25th is ambiguous politically speaking.
But what we’re now learning about Trump’s decision process into getting out of this very important climate agreement-that only two other countries refused to join-Syria and Nicaragua; the latter only because they think it doesn’t go far enough.
In my previous post I’d argued-as Josh Marshall has-that as terrible as the policy ramifications for getting out of the Accord are-for the climate, for economics, for US leadership-my guess is the proximate cause of Trump taking this outrageous action was that he was piqued over how Merkel, Macron and other EU leaders had treated him-‘The new strange, kid that nobody likes’ was how one EU minister put it.
Regarding the some of the ramifications, this Mic piece is pretty helpful.
They point out that it may hurt US growth as well as abdicating US leadership. No wonder Putin is smiling.
You had those pictures with only Trump in a golf cart while everyone else walked, etc.
Of course, at that point, Marshal and I were just engaging in informed speculation. But now we have some empirical confirmation.
“During the overseas trip, newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron decided to put Donald Trump in his place by manhandling him during their handshake, a tactic which Trump himself had been using to try to bully the leaders of America’s other allies. Macron then went on to publicly acknowledge that he’d done it on purpose. That has led Trump’s own staff to make a shocking admission.”
“According to a report from the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s own staffers say the handshake incident left Trump “bewildered” (link). Trump’s staff is seemingly unaware that it’s never a good idea to describe the person holding the office of President of the United as being “bewildered,” because in so doing, they just admitted that he’s psychologically incompetent.”
“The report goes on to suggest that Trump made his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord at least partially based on the handshake in question. So not only has Trump reached a point of psychosis where he’s making a decision that harms all Americans based on a mere handshake he didn’t like, he’s also too mentally vacant to grasp that the Paris Climate Accord didn’t really have anything to do with France. There is a psychologically incompetent and outright psychotic individual occupying the White House, and even his own staff is now publicly acknowledging it. The Republicans in Congress are derelict in their duties by refusing to impeach and remove him.”
This goes back to the unfit for office argument that Hillary made in the election. There has been real worry about the possibility of Trump losing it because someone insulted him and launching a nuclear missile.
This is not quite as immediately bad as that. But it’s in the same basic thrust: Trump was angry about someone disrespecting him and so took a calamitous and destructive action.
Having him in there really is dangerous.
“History will not judge 2016’s ratio of email coverage to climate coverage kindly.”
Our grandchildren will not judge us kindly.
But that’s true of a lot of things. It’s ration of email coverage to any policy issues. Some have accused Hillary of not talking policy enough. She would discuss it but the media would be back to ‘But what about your emails, Secretary Clinton?’
Then there’s the ratio of email coverage to Russian interfering in the election coverage.
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