Trump Cards

Donald Trump–Il Douché, He who would make America great again–only gets scarier. Talking to the Washington Post, he announced his foreign policy brain trust–that is, after His brain which, as he has bragged, is also very big (or, as he might put it, He has no problems “up there”). They’re a motley group, assembled from the spare parts left over from the Bush years, a couple of energy and munitions businessmen, and a cast-off from the Carson campaign (so, Il Douché didn’t only promise Ben a job, He extended his largess to his advisors).

But the big takeaway from His chat with the Post’s editorial board (He actually showed up to their new offices, the Post’s story squealed, the “take that, cable news shows” implied, like a high school co-ed telling her friends the school’s star QB is coming to her party) is that Europe shouldn’t feel so superior these days. After scaring the crap out of the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, he now aims his powerful deal-making intellect on the Continent. And guess what? We don’t need them.

His big idea: diminish the US role in NATO. Yes, you read that right. He’s taken out that “Make America Great Again” green eyeshade, run the numbers through his Trump-branded calculator, and sorry, Europe, they just don’t add up. Does the US benefit? “Personally, I don’t think so….I think we were a very powerful, very wealthy country, and we are a poor country now.”

Because the first way to make any country great is to shrug and demand a diminished presence on the world stage.

I know he probably wouldn’t allow it, but perhaps Randy Newman can allow Il Douché to use this song as a theme….


About Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS. He currently edits View all posts by Steven Mirkin

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