Eric Trump was just asked by Naimh Horan, of Ireland’s Independent newspaper, why his dad plays golf at Mar-a-Lago so much. His answer does not make it better.
“Mar-a-Lago is an amazing estate that has been a very effective tool for [my father] to go down and get to know somebody while not sitting – no different to you wanting to sit next to me on this couch today – not sitting across a wooden partition, which instantly makes a relationship more strenuous.”
Certainly, the Trumps are not the first to suggest that golf can be good for networking, but there is nothing normal about calling “sitting” “strenuous,” much less referring to a table as a “wooden partition.”
Eric probably just misspoke. It happens. As goofy as his comments were, when his father’s detached recklessness is endangering the futures of millions of Americans, it is hardly worth dwelling on.
There is a major problem, however. Not everyone finds golf as relaxing as Trump, and his insistence on indulging his hobbies rather than engaging in true diplomacy is jeopardizing America’s diplomatic efforts in a real way.
China’s President Xi Jinping loathes golf. He views it as a tool not of diplomacy but corruption. Yet, Trump brought him to Mar-a-Lago nonetheless, dismissing and flagrantly disrespecting Xi’s feelings on the matter.
Now that the President has invited North Korea into a full-scale global crisis, we need a president who understands statesmanship and is interested in more than just playing games.
In other words, we need a president who is willing to sit with foreign dignitaries across a wooden partition. No matter how strenuous he may find it.