I’m surprised it took three weeks, but President Trump is this week’s winner. As is often the case, he was provoked but carried things way too far. I am referring to his comments about France and President Macron.
Macron’s comments were so outrageous that any president would respond. He called for Europe to create their own military to defend itself “with respect to China, Russia and even the United States”. Over the last century we have spent hundreds of billions (or more) to protect Europe from the Kaiser, Hitler, the Soviet Union and now Putin’s Russia. We have paid an even more precious cost in the death of several hundred thousand men and women. Europe doesn’t pay its fair share of the NATO cost. Now they want their own military and, even worse, consider us a potential enemy.
Trump rightfully lashed out against Macron’s provocation. He was criticized by CNN, apparently on the theory that everything he does or says is wrong. Trump then went way too far as he often does. He went after Macron and France, even making reference to France’s surrender in World War Two.
We all know that Trump is outspoken. The problem is that he has no off switch. What we saw on display this week is the same man who attacked a war widow and tried to tie one of his political rival’s father to the Kennedy assassination. You would think he would have a little self-control but he sure isn’t showing it.