Life comes at you fast when you’re the leader of the free world. Or when you’re Donald Trump too, I guess. Nobody can really call him that anymore, after having estranged the vast majority of countries around the world with his histrionics and despot-like behavior. Trump certainly still sees himself in that role, however.
More importantly, Trump’s view of himself includes a set of presidential blinders that allow him to simply ignore anything he’s ever said in the past and also act like nobody else can remember anything he’s said, either.
I’ll bet former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for example, remembers when Trump pulled him aside and:
I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
Remember that cute little nickname that Trump had for Kim Jong-Un, the dictator of North Korea, before talks began between the two nations on the Korean peninsula? I mean, it’s hard to forget — there was thinly-veiled penis talk, and it’s not like he only said it once:
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
But that’s a long way from where Trump is now, as he meets with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is in D.C. for Trump’s very first state dinner — another event that Trump wishes everyone would forget he used to speak differently of:
And then Obama gives a big party, a state dinner, for the head of China, they probably don’t even talk about it. It’s just insane. It’s going to be different, folks. It’s going to be different. We’re not going to have state dinners. I’ll have state dinners: when we break even, I’ll have a state dinner, and when we start making money I’ll have a double state dinner.”
So much for that promise he made on the campaign trail.
So how does his uncanny ability to forget his own words translate into foreign diplomacy with a leader from the nefarious “Axis of Evil” after having insulted him so prolifically in public? Now Trump is calling Kim “honorable” and saying how quickly he hopes to meet with the North Korean head of state.
We’re having very, very good discussions. Kim Jong Un was — he really has been very open. I think very honorable, from everything we’re seeing. We think that’s a great thing for the world. That’s a great thing for North Korea, and South Korea, and Japan, and France, and everybody.”
It’s not that America wants to see our country continue any disputes with foreign countries. It’s just that we want to see an adult in charge of reconciling them.
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