Trump refuses to shake Angela Merkel’s hand at a meeting in the White House last year. Notice how she is trying to engage him but he refuses. This is deliberate on his part.
Trump is busy imposing sanctions on countries we have always been friendly with, creating trade wars with these countries, so now they are imposing tariffs. This, of course, will drive up the prices of everything even higher (while our wages remain as stagnant as they’ve always been). Notice how the price of gas has skyrocketed since we pulled out of the Iran deal?
But it’s about a lot more than trade wars. It’s not just Middle Eastern countries Trump is reneging on deals with or putting sanctions on. No, Trump is deliberately alienating our former allies in Canada and advanced Western European democracies (not to mention Mexico, our formerly friendly neighbor to the south), in favor of aligning us with other authoritarian regimes, regardless of their ideology — Russia, NK, China, and Saudi Arabia are the most obvious examples. Because none of these regimes are democracies and are in fact brutal dictatorships, they could not be of help to us. They serve as Trump’s allies and even as his flying monkeys, even if he is only using them for his own selfish ends and to enrich himself, his family, and his benefactor cronies.
It’s entirely predictable Trump would do this. Like all narcissistic abusers, he is separating us from outside parties who could or would help us if we needed it (and we might). Abusers do the same thing: they isolate their partners from friends & family so the victim is totally isolated & alone and has no where to turn when things get really ugly or their lives are in danger. Isolating is a very effective technique used by sociopathic narcissists to weaken and cripple their victims from ever leaving or getting help from outside parties. Isolationism and alienating former allies has the same effect on the populace of a country cursed with an authoritarian, sociopathic leader.
Not only will there be no help coming to rescue us after Trump has turned all our allies into our enemies, we will also be left behind technologically, scientifically, educationally, socially and in every other way, as the rest of the developed world moves far ahead of us, while we regress back into the Dark Ages. It’s just so sad, so incredibly sad.