Photos Reveal Disgrace from G-7

President Trump’s top economic adviser said on Sunday that Mr. Trump had pulled out of a joint statement with allies at the Group of 7 meeting over the weekend because a “betrayal” by the Canadian prime minister had threatened to make Mr. Trump appear weak before his summit meeting on Tuesday with North Korea’s leader. [New York Times]

TRUMP FEARS someone will “push him around,” so he balked, then backed out of the joint G-7 statement by the allies at the summit.

The presidency of the United States has evaporated in front of us.

We have a roaring workforce, a gangbuster economy, and the largest threat on planet earth, the U.S. Armed Forces. When Trump meets with allies or adversaries he stands on ground American citizens have died to defend.

At the G-7, Trump didn’t simply disgrace our country, he betrayed us all.

…From Air Force One, the president emitted a vituperative series of tweets aimed at his Canadian counterpart. What had triggered him? Had he belatedly seen that photograph of Angela Merkel looming over him? As many have said: Trump thinks in images, not ideas. Who could ever know? Trump probably does not know himself. Ominously too: Once Trump started tweeting out abuse, the snakepit of hissing, warring aides around the president suddenly competed to amplify and deepen the quarrel. At 6:56 pm, National-Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted out his own version of the offending image of Merkel topping Trump—only with a caption reinterpreting the scene as proof of Trump’s strength and defiance. “Just another #G7 where other countries expect America will always be their bank. The President made it clear today. No more.” On pro-Trump Twitter—and then on pro-Trump TV and radio—that would almost instantly consolidate the new message line. The allies had tried to muscle the strong-willed president. But he had held firm. – David From [The Atlantic]