This week on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver blasted President Donald Trump’s saber rattling with regards to North Korea, Syria and his congratulatory call to Turkish dictator Recep Erdogan.
He began with North Korea, which responded to Trump’s bluster about pre-emptive strikes with a failed missile test.
The White House responded by sending the U.S.S. Carl Vinson carrier group to the Korean peninsula.
Except, as we later found out, the Vinson was more than 3,000 nautical miles away and traveling in the opposite direction.
When asked about it, Oliver said, Press Secretary Sean Spicer “a professional spokesperson, yet again lost control of his mouth.”
Oliver moved on to Turkey, where brutal dictator Recep Erdogan has won re-election — although the validity of the results has been questioned — and is consolidating his regime’s power and conferring it on to himself.
When reporters asked Spicer about the president’s opinion on the issue, for once Spicer gave a measured and reasonable response, Oliver said, saying that the White House will wait and see how this plays out in the international community.
Meanwhile, Trump had already telephoned Erdogan to congratulate him on winning re-election.
Oliver imagined their conversation as being, “Aren’t we the worst? We are the worst! Bye bye!”
Watch the video, embedded below:
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Trump's lack of respect for the country's long-standing democratic norms and institutions also extends to America's alliances, security arrangements with its allies and friends, and the international order more broadly. To that end Trump has threatened to remove the U.S. from NATO, hailed the merits of nationalism (while barely pretending that does not mean white nationalism), tried to surrender U.S. security to Russian President Vladimir Putin and proclaimed on numerous occasions that America will now stand (mostly) alone in the world.
This story first ran at Salon in November of 2018.
Danish media crushes ‘questionable real estate agent’ Trump for his ‘absurd’ snub of their country
President Donald Trump has found himself getting skewered by the Danish media after he abruptly canceled a planned meeting with the Danish prime minister after she refused to sell Greenland to the United States.
Copenhagen-based newspaper Berlingske on Wednesday published several articles and editorials that took Trump to task for snubbing an important European ally because it would not entertain selling him Greenland.
The paper's lead editorial, for example, declared Trump's cancellation "absurd" and said that he was deeply harming his country's relationship with Denmark.