The final part in this series unfolds as we are able to take stock of who in the world both men found important to contact and interact with in those first critical months. It does reveal a few interesting notes and confirm a bit of speculation.
Foreign Diplomatic Relations
Visits and Other Communications Both At Here and Abroad
-Prime Minister May at WH;
-calls Israeli PM,
-speaks with Egyptian President,
-speaks with Indian PM,
-speaks with Mexican President
-Ottawa Canada trip for NAFTA;
-Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso at WH
-Japanese PM in Jupiter FL and Golf,
-meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II,
-speaks with Italian PM,
-speaks with with Ukrainian President,
-speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg,
-speaks with PM of New Zealand,
-speaks with Spanish PM and Turkish President,
-Japanese PM at WH, Canadian PM at WH,
-Israeli PM at WH,
-meets with Peruvian President at WH
-British PM at WH; Brazilian President at WH;
-Ireland meets with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and First Minister of Northern Ireland
-Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at WH; Australian PM at WH;
-Secretary General of NATO at WH on future of as well as NATO summit and Russia relations;
-Chile summit on progressive governments with presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, and the prime ministers of the United Kingdom and Norway;
-London G-20 with world leaders agreement on $1.1 trillion injection to aid global recovery, new rules for banking, and clampdown on tax havens while Obama hails it as a ‘historic’ deal and Apologizes at the Summit for (“Some Restoration of America’s Standing in the World”) and for GITMO (“Sacrificing Values”)
-speaks by telephone to Japanese PM,
-speaks by telephone with Palestinian President,
-hosts Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at WH,
-talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at WH,
-speaks by telephone with Brazilian and Chilean Presidents,
-Iraqi PM at WH,
-Danish PM at WH
-British PM, Queen Elizabeth, Chinese President, Russian President in London;
-French President at student townhall in Paris;
-NATO summit Strausburg France as well as Kehl and Baden-Baden, Germany (resort cities) Apologizes in summit speech to France and Europe (“America Has Shown Arrogance”;
-Czech President and Prime Minister at Prague speech on nuclear disarmament;
-Visits Turkish President and delegates Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey with Turkish parliament and at Alliance of Civilizations forum along with townhall meeting and Apologizes before the Turkish Parliament (“Our Own Darker Periods in Our History”);
-Iraqi PM in Baghdad as well as Camp Victory near Baghdad;
-Mexican President in Mexico;
-Attends 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Apologies in summit speech (“At Times We Sought to Dictate Our Terms”);
-King of Jordan at WH
-Chinese President at West Palm Beach FL,
-Egyptian President at WH,
-speaks by phone with Putin,
-spoke by phone to S Korea acting President,
-spoke by phone with German Chancellor and British PM,
-meets with two former Colombian Presidents at Mar-a-Lago;
-Argentine President at WH;
-speaks by telephone with Philippine President
-Cinco de Mayo day with Mexican Ambassador at WH;
-Israeli President at WH;
-Afghan and Pakistani Presidents at WH;
-PM of Israel at WH;
-Australian PM for celebration of Battle of the Coral Sea at the USS Intrepid Museum in New York City;
-King Salman for Riyadh Summit 2017 in Saudia Arabia and to address the Arabic Islamic American Summit;
-President and PM of Israel to deliver a speech at the Israel Museum at Tel Aviv;
-Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at Bethlehem;
-Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome;
-bilateral meeting with Italian President and PM;
-Belgium King Philippe and PM at Palace and Melsbroek Air Base in Brussels;
-Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU Headquarters in Brussels;
-French President Macron at the US Embassy;
-attended the 2017 NATO summit in Brussels;
-attended the 43rd G7 summit;
-bilateral meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe;
-attended attended a concert by La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the Ancient theatre of Taormina in Taormina and stayed overnight at Naval Air Station Sigonella;
-spoke by phone to Putin;
-met with Palestinian President at WH;
-spoke by phone with French President-Elect Macron;
-met with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Oval Office;
-met with Turkish President at WH;
-bilateral meetings with the President of Egypt, the King of Bahrain, and the Emir of Qatar in Middle East;
-hosts Vietnamese Prime Minister at WH
-King Abdullah in Saudia Arabia;
-Cairo Muslim world speech to repair US image there and announce upcoming Summit on Entrepreneurship hosted by US;
-Merkel, survivor and activist Elie Wiesel, and visits Buchenwald in Germany;
-French President, Eiffel Tower with family visit in Paris;
-D-Day commemoration with PM of Canada and UK along with French President and Prince Charles in France;
-PM Zimbabwe at WH;
-Italian PM at WH;
-Colombian President Uribe at WH tells press during meeting “”We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras, the democratically elected president there.”
-bilateral talks with Romanian President at WH;
-hosts Panamanian President at WH;
-meets with Ukrainian President at WH;
-bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister at WH
Which best portrays the image that the US wants to represented by on national security issues, foreign trade agreements, and constitutional values?
In one corner of the ring is the more polished, slick politician willing to soft pedal the US to curry acquiescence and achieve an agenda.
In the other corner is one who shows regardless of what politicians believe that patriotism is first and who is for US resurgence both inside and outside of the country in world leadership, respect, and economic prosperity. His persona is a tough business leader who refuses to give up or back down.
I know, it seems a lot to slog through and there might be cries about missing information (as I mentioned before) but what is here is a look at two very different men and their approach to life.
Here is my take:
What we have here are two ambitious and arrogant men though for totally different reasons.
Obama has the arrogance of one backed by a shadow government with nearly inexhaustible pockets, who has neither the practical, common sense experience of someone who has worked for ten to twenty years in a public or private job. Whether he has the intelligence to act and think for himself on issues has not been adequately demonstrated. He has however the ability to follow someone’s powerful schedule of tasks, priorities, and strong handling demands to guide him over all the obvious pitfalls and to keep him from actually experiencing life.
As a result, Obama has a skewed take on his own ability to succeed in life. It came out in his speeches and in his actions. Unsure of moving forward and blaming everything but his own inexperience or inadequacies for the results. These are traits that had him waffling behind the scene and relying heavily on well-written scripted speeches before cameras. Remember the times he had to speak for himself in front of cameras…it always was a disaster where there was a great deal of stuttering and hesitation in his answers.
Trump has the arrogance born of years of business successes and failures. He earned his right of passage to the White House whether like or disliked by using those practical, common sense, well-honed skills and through gaining confidence and belief in his ability to succeed based on that experience. Those are alpha traits. While like many people, he may hesitate or appear unsure in front of an audience, that does not mean he was incapable of firm, forward-moving decisions behind the scene nor off-the-cuff in front of cameras.
What was equally obvious through out in every category was that Obama was focused not on the United States and what was best for it but upon acquiring and maintaining UN, socialists, and Muslim contacts and approval while bending our country to assert their agendas.
On many occasions abroad and in speeches to our people, Obama’s comments have left no doubt that he was disgusted, angry, or felt we needed lectures or veiled threats because our ways and actions were at best inadequate. His executive orders, memorandums, speeches, disrespect for his Secret Service agents, military escorts, disregard for our laws or patriotic actions, and more are as visible as the rainbow lights were on the White House.
That Obama took little time to visit across the country except if he needed to beg for funds or explain his latest fiasco also reflects that lack of respect. I doubt on his own without those behind him, Obama would have ever made it far in the world without falling back into his old college ways. Even those interviewed from his community activist days made note of his poor skills and driving force.
Trump however is a far different person. His focus has been for a lot of years not just the last few months on making sure that our country is placed first in the business, social, and political arenas. Trumps biggest fault at the moment is his temperament and lack of understanding of the political status. He sees, he works out the issue, and he conquers, fails, or moves on; but, the neverending whining, stalling, verbose waffling constantly of the politicians has got to have really become irritating. Unfortunately those in greatest power positions right now are also career politicians rather than men and women with years of business and real non government experiences to stiffen their backbones and sharpen their focus.
That Trump is not simply providing lip service to “Patriotism” is absolutely obvious. His actions, visits, executive orders, and focus has been first and foremost the last few months on fulfilling promises he made to those who elected him and establishing ways that we can again be free to handle our own successes or failures, patriotism, and focused on our own needs at home before others. He has taken stock of all the regulations and destructive rules that we were slowly drowning under and taken measures to relieve some of the strain. He has pushed forward strongly on the defense of our country and its place in the world.
I wasn’t actually going to write such a long article but once I began I realized that it was really eye-opening. Hope you did as well.