Buzzfeed recently conducted an interview with six European diplomats about what it’s like to deal with Donald Trump, and their answers are supremely embarrassing for the United States.
A few themes were consistent in all their answers: President Trump’s use of Twitter is unhinged and dangerous, that Trump is intellectually lazy and intensely ignorant of the historical context that defines the modern world, and that he is obsessed with President Obama to a fault.
One diplomat revealed that he and his fellows play “word bingo” whenever the President speaks because his vocabulary is so poor and he is obsessed with hyperbolic adjectives of size and self-congratulation – “Everything is ‘great’, ‘very, very great’, ‘amazing.”
Another diplomat complained about Trump’s complete refusal to do his homework and acquire even a basic familiarity with the world around him.
“He has no historical view. He is only dealing with these issues now and seems to think the world started when he took office. He thinks that NATO existed only to keep the communists out of Europe. He has a similar attitude in Asia-Pacific with Japan, ignoring that the US basically wrote their constitution.”
Trump has previously boasted about how he doesn’t actually need to read his briefings, because “is like, a smart person.” As his presidency has progressed, it’s leaked out that the President barely has the attention span for even a few minutes’ worth of learning: “I call the president the two-minute man. The president has patience for a half-page” admitted one Trump aide.
Meeting with Donald Trump is “basically useless,” complained one diplomat.
“He [Trump] just bombed us with questions: ‘How many people do you have? What’s your GDP? How much oil does [that country] produce? How many barrels a day? How much of it is yours?’”
“He’s not the kind of person you can have a discussion about how to deal with [Fayez] al-Sarraj [the prime minister of Libya],” the official added. “So you look for people around him, and that is where it’s a problem: The constant upheaval, it’s unclear who has influence, who is close to the president.”
But the most disturbing part of their criticisms is the confirmation of a widespread suspicion about the President – he is consumed with a hatred for Barack Obama and intent on destroying his legacy at all costs.
“It’s his only real position. He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.”
That much has been clear from the way that Trump has frantically waged a crusade against everything President Obama accomplished, whether it be against his landmark healthcare program or his environmental protection rules or even First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthier lunches for schoolchildren program.
Their words, however, give a little more credence to the explosive allegations that the President engaged in sexual urination play with Russian sex workers upon the bed that President Obama and his wife slept in on their state visit to Moscow.
This interview is yet another painful reminder that we are now an international laughingstock, a nation run by a demented old man obsessed with tarnishing his black predecessor no matter the cost.
Original reporting by Alberto Nardelli @ BuzzFeed.com
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