At the moment our president is winding up his trip to the Asia-Pacific region this week having met formally with the leaders of Japan, China, and South Korea, which were all concluded with fascinating joint press conferences. During the APEC forum in Danang, Vietnam, which is an international summit for Pacific Rim member economies, President Trump informed reporters about his informal discussions with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The President took the time to scold and or inform us of his disappointments; with our current infatuation with the 2016 election tampering accusations; and about his disdain for the previous administrations’ mishandling of Russian relations; and fulminated over missteps with U.S. trade deals the world over.
Mr. Trump reassured us that upon his precise and sufficient questioning of Putin himself that he believes the former KGB intelligence officer. “He said he didn’t meddle, “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times…He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”
They?!? Oh you mean our government, the one that you are the head of. Got it.
Mr Trump also insisted that Hillary Clinton and her proposed “reset button” as Secretary of State in the Obama Administration was “stupid”.
“Hillary tried it, she failed, nobody mentions it,” Trump said. “She hit that reset button. It was a joke. But she tried and she failed.” Trump said Obama had bad chemistry with Putin and Clinton was “in way over her head.”
Mr. Trump appears to admire the bombast of dictators such as Putin or Duterte of the Phillipines, who have the appearance of being unoppossed with submissive admiration of their countrymen. This power is revering to him in inexplicable ways. Trump has even given his arch archnemesis, Kim Jong-un some credit contextually speaking of course but with noticeable enviability…
“You gotta give him credit…when his father died, he goes in, takes over these tough generals and he’s the boss. It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle, wipes out this one, that one. It’s incredible”
And as indefensible as Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is Mr. Trump, intriguingly, can appreciate his ruthless leadership.
“I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting and A and our president is not doing so well”.
Winning the Oval Office is the biggest and clearly a defining moment of Trump’s ego, because with that there is the belief that his narcissistic assessment of himself is validated. This is conveyed in the most authoritative of ways and means.
When Trump asserts again and again that “There was no collusion. Everybody knows there was no collusion”, it seems so convincing that the President may not know that he is lying or is truly paranoid, or that he is deflecting the matter so masterfully through a pattern of remorselessness and manipulation. Well this is typical of what dictators do. What Trump seems to be doing now is isolating himself from aspects of his own government which constitutionally are strategically in place as checks and balances on such immeasurable power granted.
A man can be both evil and mentally compromised — which is a more frightening proposition. Power not only corrupts but also magnifies existing psychopathologies, even as it creates new ones. Fostered by the flattery of underlings and chants of crowds, a political leader’s grandiosity may morph into grotesque delusions of grandeur.¹