In an auditorium filled with business executives the President of France, Japan’s Prime Minister, the vice president of China, the head of the International Monetary Fund and Russian President Vladamir Putin laid out a laundry list of complaint's about Donald Trump and his handling of world affairs.
In what was described as a kind of therapy session the leaders verbalized their displeasure of the US leader at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual gathering for foreign investors and executives who do business in Russia.
President Emmanuel Macron of France discussed how he had tried to persuade Donald Trump to remain in the international climate accord, observe a nuclear deal with Iran and called the move of the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem an...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said he was moving ahead with a trade pact with Pacific nations despite Mr. Trump’s withdrawal from the deal saying...
“This is the kind of fairness we need. Unfortunately, the U.S. withdrew,”
Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, said the Trump administration’s threat to impose tariffs on Chinese goods was rocking the boat of the global economy and that a trade deficit was...
“It’s a strange complaint,” and “not the right way to go,”
President Putin spoke of Trump's indecisive and incoherent style of policy making and the effect it was having on the rules of the international order...
“The current situation in the world is such that everybody is playing soccer with the rules of judo. So what we have is neither soccer nor judo. It’s chaos.”
The vice president of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Qishan, never mentioned Trump but instead chose to remain diplomatic saying China could learn from America...
“America is the only global superpower, in soft power and in hard power,”
Trump's representative at the forum, Russian ambassador Jon M. Huntsman Jr., could only watch as speaker after speaker lit into his boss. ￼
The mood and tenor of the assembled leaders was music to Putin's’s ears as his entire raison d'être for meddling in the 2016 US elections was to drive a giant wedge between the United States and it's allies.
It seems to have worked as Russia seems to be garnering a more mainstream acceptance among the global community while the U.S. appears more isolated and impotent by the day.
In addition the Russian economy has been pulling out of a recession driven by escalating global prices for oil which has skyrocketed due to Trump's decision to violate the Iran Nuclear Treaty.
A gift from Donald to Vlad no doubt.