President Donald Trump is really on a roll this weekend with disrespecting world leaders.
First it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who we learned Trump declined to shake hands with during her visit to the United States late last week. That was seen around the world as a major slap in the face to the world’s most powerful woman.
Now Trump is reportedly disrespecting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. That’s a big problem, since Canada is a supposed to be a close ally, our neighbor, and a huge trade partner.
Trump is treading into very dangerous territory by picking fights with America’s strongest western allies.
According to news reports out of Washington D.C., Trudeau extended an invitation to Trump to attend a play in U.S. It was a simple show of friendship and a nice gesture.
Of course – Trump can’t be bothered to be polite to world leaders. He declined the invitation.
President Trump rejected an invitation from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and decided to rally in Nashville, Tenn., instead, according to a report Saturday.
A rift has reportedly developed within the White House: one side, geared towards nationalism, led by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon; the other, with strong ties to New York, led by former Goldman Sachs executives and Trump advisers Gary Cohn and Dina Powell.
Citing numerous unnamed White House officials and individuals familiar with knowledge with events inside the administrations, the Washington Post reported that Cohn and Powell urged him to attend the play, “Come From Away,” with Trudeau and daughter Ivanka Trump. The play focuses on the acts of a Canadian community that offers hospitality to foreign travelers that were stranded in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The United States needs to maintain strong alliances with western powers like Canada and Germany.
Trump is playing a dangerous game with is latest series of stunts. Americans are embarrassed that he is representing us on the world stage.