Trump Is Pathetically Trying to Convince People that the G-7 Meeting He Deliberately Undermined Was Actually a Success
Apparently unhappy with the Americans' perceptions of his achievements on the world stage, President Donald Trump began posting pictures of the recent G-7 summit in an effort to show that the meeting was a success.
To prove that it was such a success, he sent the following tweets:
I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (imply… https://t.co/qk62K60WZn— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529100187.0
The Fake News Media said that I did not get along with other Leaders at the #G7Summit in Canada. They are once agai… https://t.co/PsRL9VSjOG— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529101424.0
Of course, no one claimed that the world leaders scowled at Trump throughout the entire meeting, so these photos don't prove anything.
Trump, of course, neglects to mention that he first agreed to, and then withdrew his signature from, the joint communique that the group of world leaders signed at the end of the summit. The fact that he was the only one to remove his assent to the communique is pretty much all the evidence one needs to demonstrate that Trump is failing to maintain American alliances.
But his other actions and words have made clear that there's a rift between him and the other G-7 leaders. He specifically attacked Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the summit, continuing his one-sided feud rooted in his own ridiculous tariffs.
And ahead of the summit, Trump unnecessarily distanced himself from the other members of the G-7 by saying that there's not really a point in meeting without Russian President Vladimir Putin also being in attendance. But the group of world leaders had specifically expelled Putin from the group after his unjust annexation of the Crimean peninsula — which Russia continues to occupy — and there's been virtually no one credibly arguing that Putin should be welcomed back in.
This unprompted and perplexing claim was even more troubling given the evidence that Putin recently carried out a chemical attack on a former spy in the United Kingdom.