Donald Trump has a cluttered and chaotic brain. Nowhere is the chaos more evident than on the question of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Iran. On the one hand, Trump wants to do a deal with Kin Jung Un. On the other, he wants to tear up the agreement with Iran. Jonathan Manthorpe writes:
Trump foresees — fantasises might be more accurate — that when he meets Kim in May or June “we have a chance of doing something very special with respect to North Korea. Good for them, good for us, good for everybody.” Trump was blue-skying about Kim after a meeting with Emmanuel Macron. The French President had travelled to Washington on behalf of much of Europe to try to deter Trump from junking the 2015 multi-national agreement by which Iran agreed to end its nuclear development program.
However, on Iran "Trump re-iterated on Tuesday that he considers the deal 'insane' and 'ridiculous,' and that 'it should never have been made.'"
His quarrel with the deal is not clear. He has never moved from bluster to detail. This leaves the inference that the problem is that the agreement was made by President Barack Obama, and a central mission of the Trump regime is to destroy all vestiges of the Obama administration.
In fact, when you look at everything Trump has tried to accomplish -- ending healthcare, deporting DACA recipients -- the motive seems pretty clear. Like the reports of the "golden showers," Trump wants to get rid of any vestiges of Obama -- including the bed he slept in when he visited Moscow.
But anyone who deals with Trump -- including Emmanuel Macron -- understands that Trump is a nutjob. In Washington this week, Macron laboured hard to save the Iran Deal and the Paris Climate Accord. Trump gave him no assurances.
Surely, Macron must know that Trump can't be trusted -- because he can't be believed.
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