It was a brutal week for Donald Trump, who was upstaged at the G-20 assembly of world leaders in Buenos Aires, a would-be superstar who was adrift in a sea of confusion and bad news.
I caught a glimpse of him in the small crowd as Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gleefully bonded in front of the global cameras like uniting fraternity brothers. But our guy was outvoted 19-1 on climate change and didn’t appear to be taken seriously about anything.
When it was time to go home he was seen tramping around the others as though his next step would be the loneliest one.
Back home, there was GM announcing plant closings that would sever the jobs of more than 1400 workers in Lordstown alone – which he quickly explained was the fault of Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown – while he assured everyone that the giant company would build a new one.
He had again dismissed critics of his climate change denial as though he was trying to convince us that he could catch a snowflake on his tongue.
His trustworthy lawyer and fixer for a dozen years Michael Cohen, was ready to bust out of President Svengali ’s mystical grip, thus forcing Trump to call Cohen “not very smart” and “weak” and demanding that Cohen is jailed. The pokey is the final destination for people that Trump doesn’t like.
There was a continuing humanitarian mess on the southern border, deceptive trade talks with China and his offer to Putin of a $50 million penthouse in a proposed Moscow skyscraper as well… a bribe by one billionaire to another.
Team Trump’s corruption was being exposed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s relentless probe. Finally, he returned home to bear the mournful praise of George H.W. Bush’s civility, honor, and gentle magnetism as a human being – all a breed apart from the unhinged guy in the Oval Office.
On the several occasions that I interviewed Bush over the years, I was left with the impression that I could disagree with him at times while always aware that he was a decent fellow, as many others said and wrote as he lay in state.
I recall that at any moment during a meeting with him he might interrupt the conversation by asking how my mother was doing following the operation. Or some other friendly thing.
My only complaint was that after our first meeting he sent me a courteous note that misspelled my name. But so, did a lot of other people in my business.
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