Today, President Trump will give a major speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The linked article gives some interesting background on the event (Forum membership alone costs over $52,000; event tickets can add another $19,000; and I bet that doesn’t even include your nachos and Dr. Pepper).
This article was written before Trump arrived, and it contains the media version of how he was expected to be greeted: globalist elites would give that horrid, America-First vulgarian the cold shoulder. Well, it turns out everyone in Switzerland in January has cold shoulders, but they still gave a pretty warm welcome to Donald Trump.
I always find it amusing to read the supercilious snipings of foreign elites about Trump because there is virtually nothing they attack him for that isn’t their own standard operating procedure. They’re just not used to seeing it from an American President. He’s supposed to be a patsy and not stand up for America the way they do for their own nations. For instance: they slam Trump as a xenophobic bigot for wanting to control who crosses the US border. But how many of them would allow unvetted foreigners to stream across their borders by the thousands and start demanding benefits and citizenship? Okay, some European leaders have, but many of their citizens now wish they’d had leaders who were more like Trump.
They sneer that Trump is anti-free trade because he insists on renegotiating bad deals that don’t benefit America. But how many of them would sign a deal that enriched the other party while costing them money and jobs? They call him a protectionist because he puts America’s interests first. Do they not put protecting their nations’ interests first? They call him an isolationist because his top security priority is the US, and he expects other nations to pay their share of the costs of common defenses. Do they not put their nations’ security first? And if another nation sent them the bill for its defenses, would they pay it?
Sure, there are times when I wish Trump were able to ooze diplomatic charm at a roomful of world leaders, the way Obama or Bill Clinton can. But on the whole, I’d rather have a pitbull that guards the henhouse than a poodle that charms the burglars while they’re robbing me blind.