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Why laughter at Trump wasn't funny

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08.12.2019
By Trudy Rubin

They were laughing at him, and it made President Trump angry. So when asked about the video clip that appeared to show NATO leaders commiserating about Trumpian behavior, the president was snappish. "Well, he's two-faced," Trump barked about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (who was joking to counterparts about Trump's self-promotion).

But Trudeau wasn't alone in issuing Trump a put-down in England. The open disdain shown by some allies at NATO's 70th anniversary celebration last week reflects how Trump is regarded worldwide, both by longtime friends and foes.

I have watched the shift in attitudes in my travels since Trump was elected, including to Russia, the Mideast, Europe and a just completed trip to China. The president is seen as erratic, untrustworthy and interested in little beyond self-promotion or making a profit. And oh yes, as easily manipulated by flattery, especially by the autocrats he admires unreservedly.

And so ill-informed that he could unintentionally drag America into a war.

The dangers this presents were well laid out by French President Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with the Economist just prior to the NATO meeting. The French leader said the absence of American leadership was leading to "the brain death of NATO." He added that America under........

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