15 July 2019   Leave a comment

Over the weekend, US President Trump tweeted some highly offensive and inappropriate comments about four Congresswomen: Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.). The Express summarizes the content of those tweets:

“US President Donald Trump has relaunched his attack on four Democratic congresswomen of colour, accusing them of ‘hating our country’. During a heated news conference outside the White House, Mr Trump said: ‘If you are not happy, if you are complaining all the time, you can leave. These are people that in my opinion hate our country.’ The latest attack on the congresswomen came after the US President called on the women, who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds to ‘go back’ to the ‘crime-infested places from which they came’”.

“During Monday’s news conference, Mr Trump also said: ‘As far as I’m concerned if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave.

“’You can leave right now. I don’t know who’s going to miss ‘em.’”

The tweets and comments are like nothing I have ever heard from any public official in my lifetime. They are unfortunately the words of some Americans throughout American history but, fortunately, words that most Americans consider to be inconsistent with the highest aspirations of the nation.

Americans will have to decide how they wish to address the fact that the US President does not share or even comprehend the most fundamental values of the country. But foreign leaders have weighed in on the matter, and their assessment of the President’s words is truly extraordinary. Even though there have been many times when other countries have strongly disagreed with American foreign policy, their leaders have always been careful not to personalize the disagreements. In this particular case, the heads of many European states have stated strong condemnations of President Trump’s language. It is safe to say that many of the most important US allies no longer consider the US to be the leader of liberal values in the world.

Posted July 15, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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