The article “It was truly a debacle in Quebec,” in the Westerly Sun on Monday, June 11, where Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman writes, “There has never been a disaster like the G7 meeting that just took place,” registers no pulse on the surprise needle.
President Trump imposes 30 percent tariffs on our (not his) best friend’s steel in Canada and Europe 10 days earlier, then lectures the G7 on Russia readmittance, which makes no sense considering China, India and Brazil are the missing economies in the world’s top 10. So Trump insults the attendees, tries to reward Russia, the enabler of the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis eight years running, propping up Syria’s Assad government, and then leaves early for a Singapore photo opportunity with North Korea’s brutal dictator Kim Jong-Un, with whom Trump now shares a “special bond.” What could go wrong?
At least the European official G. Verhofstadt offered a dose of levity, tweeting, “Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. Maybe we can help.” On the other hand, Trump annoyed the entire world with his all-countries-in-the-world-versus-Trump Paris climate agreement walk out. So now it’s the U.S., Russia and North Korea against the world. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
TRUMP’S USA! TRUMP’S USA! TRUMP’S USA! Thank you Mr. Trump.