During the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, Trump can be seen giving the middle finger – whether inadvertently or on purpose – to the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni.
He then follows this petty move with his characteristically smug smile.
While the idea of the President of the United States giving the middle finger to a NATO ally would be wholly inappropriate, it would not be uncharacteristic for Trump, whose first overseas visit was riddled with gaffes.
Trump entered the summit at odds with the other NATO allies, after having referred to the organization as “obsolete.” After scolding NATO allies over defense spending, relations soured to the point where German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in reference to the United States, said:
“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”
While Trump is busy cozying up to the world’s most power-hungry autocrats, like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, he has all but abandoned our closest allies. In only his short time in office, Trump has ceded American leadership on the international stage with his backwards, isolationist agenda.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.