Australian journalist and political editor Chris Uhlmann pulled no punches when he delivered his wrap-up of Trump’s appearance at the conference on Sunday, calling him an “uneasy, lonely, awkward figure” who was left “isolated and friendless” with “no desire and no capacity to lead the world.”
[Trump] has a particular skill set: he’s identified an illness in Western democracies, but he has no cure for it and seems intent on exploiting it….It’s the unscripted Trump that’s real: a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the West’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies, and the free press.
Mr Trump is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking—and talked about—is all that really matters…and there is no value placed on the meaning of words, so what is said one day can be discarded the next.
Uhlmann also pointed out that given the uncomfortable divide between himself and the nineteen other G20 leaders on the Paris Climate Accord, a “deft” president would have found a topic with which to rally them.
And he had the perfect one: North Korea’s missile tests. Other leaders expected [a statement condemning it], they were prepared to back it—but it never came.
At the end of the two minute video, Uhlmann provided a chilling prediction for the future under this US president:
Donald Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. Some will cheer the decline of America, but I think we’ll miss it when it’s gone—and that’s the biggest threat to the values of the West, which he claims to hold so dear.
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