It’s sad when you question your president’s patriotism,
And alarming when you consider his nascent despotism.
But when it comes to Trump,
The shark he jumped —
When he congratulated the Chinese on 70 years of Communism.
“Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”
— President Trump insisted on Twitter that he would never “say something inappropriate with a foreign leader” over the phone because he’s well aware “many people” listen into his calls.
“Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First.’”
— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), saying on Twitter that President Trump is awaiting “instructions from his Saudi masters.”
“He’s more or less been isolated by the other leaders. The French government brought in the Iranian foreign and finance ministers to discuss things without even letting the president of the United States know. … Again, his American First strategy is becoming America Alone.”
— Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, telling CNN that President Trump’s attendance at the G7 summit was an “unmitigated disaster.”
Off to Denmark Trump was all set to roam,
Until his deal to buy Greenland was blown.
The Danes responded
With amusement, well-founded,
So our petulant president decided to stay home.
“I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 presidential campaign, quoted by New York magazine.
“Nobody can be trusted. In my world, in this world, I think nobody can be trusted.”
— President Trump, when asked about the status of negotiations with the Taliban.
First Read notes that in less than three weeks, President Trump has made three different retreats: Reaching a deal with Mexico to avert tariffs – a deal that largely consisted of actions that Mexico had already agreed to; backing down on military strikes against Iran for shooting down a U.S. drone; delaying his plan for nationwide raids to deport undocumented immigrants.
Tuesday, June 4, as Donald Trump was wrapping up his only moderately disastrous state visit to the United Kingdom, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a press release announcing that the Trump administration was reversing the Obama administration’s 2014 loosening of restrictions on Americans’ travel to Cuba.
Of course, to maximize confusion, the policy was set to go into effect THE NEXT DAY — Wednesday, June 6.
The nugget of the press release was this quote attributed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin:
“Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “This Administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime. These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.”
Although it wasn’t spelled out in the press release, supporting documents made it abundantly clear that Trump was returning to those halcyon days of yore when only Americans with direct family ties in Cuba could legally travel there.