Reaction to President Trump’ s performance at the G-20 meeting of heads of state in Hamburg, Germany is starting to come in.
The New York Times, as one might predict, is leading the way in declaring Trump’s performance as below par, wanting, a failure, or just plain awful.
The Times point seems to be that America is embarrassed to find itself out of step with the leaders of the major world players.
Trump, the Times said, found “the United States isolated on everything from trade to climate change, and faced with the prospect of the group’s issuing a statement on Saturday that lays bare how the United States stands alone.“
What this tells me is not that the U.S. has become an outcast on the world stage, but that the world is out of step with the United States.
Trump was elected precisely because Americans had soured on trade deals that shipped their jobs elsewhere and let the door to Americans’ habitual shopping locations wide open to cheap goods that pay little or no tax (tariffs) for access to stacks of U.S. dollars.
Trump was elected because Americans don’t believe they should suffer the ravages of economic constraints imposed by the much maligned Paris Climate Change agreement. Why should Americans give up jobs and economic prosperity to adhere to climate rules other nations are allowed to ignore? The world leaders who benefit from these one sided deals mumble inanities about letting developing countries “catch up” to the U.S. when their real goal is to drag America down.
The Times clearly disapproved: “Where previous American leaders saw their power as a benevolent force, and were intent on spreading prosperity through open markets and multilateral cooperation, Mr. Trump has portrayed himself as a nationalist, a unilateralist and a protectionist, eager to save American jobs.”
While editors at the New York Times tut-tut about an attitude such as that, it’s clear the American people are quite happy to have a President who puts them first.
It is yet more evidence the Times and its supporters find themselves aligned with Europe and Asia and entirely out of touch with their own country and their own people.