President Donald Trump once more made a fool of himself – and embarrassed the US – at the 2018 G7 Summit

President Donald Trump once again made a fool of himself – and, unfortunately, of the entire United States – at the 44th (2018) G7 Summit held in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8 and 9, 2018.

Trump’s presence at the summit – albeit very, very brief – left vivid marks that characterized the entire 2-day meeting:

  1. Trump arrived at the meeting late in hopes of becoming the center of attraction. Noting that his tardiness was instead highlighted, he forthwith disrupted an ongoing meeting on women’s rights to call attention to his own agenda.
  2. Without any productive participation, he signed (and obviously agreed to) the G7 “collective communique” that was put together before his planned early departure for Singapore (where he was to prepare for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un).
  3. Because he didn’t like some of the statements made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he forthwith denounced the meeting and renounced the “joint communique” that he signed earlier (before leaving for Singapore).
  4. Using his Twitter account, he condemned Prime Minister Trudeau as “weak” and “dishonest” and denounced the entire G7 for “robbing” the United States blind – and then provoked more animosity by suggesting the readmission of Russia into the Group. Russia was removed from the Group for invading and annexing Crimea.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders: France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a working session on the first day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. Picture taken June 8, 2018. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

The two pictures included in this essay – borrowed from Donald Trump’s “fake news” people, and to which I’ve added suitable captions – say more than a thousand words.

About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaper publisher and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. He also served as a member of the City of Hayward's General Plan Task Force and the city's Planning, Personnel, Citizens Advisory, and Community Services commissions.
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