A Danger to the World It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump

Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.

U.S President Donald Trump
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U.S President Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn't read. He doesn't bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.

He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media's tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.

Trump is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump's confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.

Witnessing an American Tragedy

Trump is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn't care that his spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I'm president after all.

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Nothing is as it should be in this White House. Everyone working there has been compromised multiple times and now they all despise each other - and everyone except for Trump despises Trump. Because of all that, after just 120 days of the Trump administration, we are witness to an American tragedy for which there are five theoretical solutions.

The first is Trump's resignation, which won't happen. The second is that Republicans in the House and Senate support impeachment, which would be justified by the president's proven obstruction of justice, but won't happen because of the Republicans' thirst for power, which they won't willingly give up. The third possible solution is the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would require the cabinet to declare Trump unfit to discharge the powers of the presidency. That isn't particularly likely either. Fourth: The Democrats get ready to fight and win back majorities in the House and Senate in midterm elections, which are 18 months away, before they then pursue option two, impeachment. Fifth: the international community wakes up and finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its dependence on the U.S. Unlike the preceding four options, the fifth doesn't directly solve the Trump problem, but it is nevertheless necessary - and possible.

No Goals and No Strategy

Not quite two weeks ago, a number of experts and politicians focused on foreign policy met in Washington at the invitation of the Munich Security Conference. It wasn't difficult to sense the atmosphere of chaos and agony that has descended upon the city.

The U.S. elected a laughing stock to the presidency and has now made itself dependent on a joke of a man. The country is, as David Brooks wrote recently in the New York Times, dependent on a child. The Trump administration has no foreign policy because Trump has consistently promised American withdrawal while invoking America's strength. He has promised both no wars and more wars. He makes decisions according to his mood, with no strategic coherence or tactical logic. Moscow and Beijing are laughing at America. Elsewhere, people are worried.

In the Pacific, warships - American and Chinese - circle each other in close proximity. The conflict with North Korea is escalating. Who can be certain that Donald Trump won't risk nuclear war simply to save his own skin? Efforts to stop climate change are in trouble and many expect the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because Trump is wary of legally binding measures. Crises, including those in Syria and Libya, are escalating, but no longer being discussed. And who should they be discussed with? Phone calls and emails to the U.S. State Department go unanswered. Nothing is regulated, nothing is stable and the trans-Atlantic relationship hardly exists anymore. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Norbert Röttgen fly back and forth, but Germany and the U.S. no longer understand each other. Hardly any real communication takes place, there are no joint foreign policy goals and there is no strategy.

In "Game of Thrones," the Mad King was murdered (and the child that later took his place was no better). In real life, an immature boy sits on the throne of the most important country in the world. He could, at any time, issue a catastrophic order that would immediately be carried out. That is why the parents cannot afford to take their eyes off him even for a second. They cannot succumb to exhaustion because he is so taxing. They ultimately have to send him to his room - and return power to the grownups.

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Inglenda2 05/24/2017
1. Daft, or dishonest, what is more hazardous?
What is worse, leaders who are intelligent enough to know the truth, but publicly deny it, or a man like Trump whose mind is so far from reality, that he is unable to accept the facts as they are? There is little doubt that he is a danger to the world, because nobody can read what is going on in his head. However, many other leaders around the world and in Europe, are just as dangerous because they do know what is happening but, in their selfish desire for power, tell the people deliberate lies.
WriteRightWright 05/24/2017
2. The Sky Is Not Falling
Granted, Donald Trump engages in extreme bad behaviors, but his election is as much a symptom of a larger issue than having an unstable man in the White House. Remember, he was lawfully elected, and county-by-county maps of the election results show that. Many on the left want Trump gone, but they need to remember that they'll still have to deal with all of the people who voted for him, a substantial portion of the population. By the same token, Germany could ban the AfD and the NPD, but the nation would still have to deal with all the folks who were part of the movements. The sky is not falling. America survived Nixon, who was worse in that he operated in darkness and secrecy, not in-your-face. The American constitutional checks and balances work, and we've seen them in action already. The left wing needs to let go of the panic button and instead offer citizens a better choice. That means listening to The Great Unwashed, as well as the elites. The rise of populist movements throughout the West is a sign of the change in the public mood. This happened because mainstream parties have failed. A lot of people believe they've been left out, and now they vote for Trump, LePen, AfD, Wilders, and the like, because they seem to listen. Assuming that we want to maintain healthy democracies in the West, then it's time for all parties to pay attention to ALL of the people, and not just the ones who write checks.
Jeena 05/25/2017
3. Democracy doesn't work?
So are you saying that democracy doesn't work because we can't trust the masses to elect the right person?
tull1972 05/25/2017
4. Time to get rid of Tump...
Really? After his overseas trip this past week how can your editors let this opinion continue to be posted. He has shown more leadership than any US president since Nixon, or maybe Eisenhower. Hell, I spent almost four years in West Germany (at the time) during the height of the Cold War. It only took me a year to realize that if the Russians really wanted Germany I'd gladly hand it over to them. Step up and protect yourselves. America helped rebuild Europe after WWII, now it's time for Europe to step up to the plate and throw their naive KIDS out of office.
coolblueice 05/26/2017
5. It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump
While I couldn't agree with you more, Herr Brinkbäumer, on the relative merits (or lack thereof) of "The Donald", we are sadly stuck with him for the duration of his term. Well-meaning as editorials such as yours are, the system in the USA is simply too broken to remove this child from office before he manages to do real damage (such as start a major war). To quote him from a 9 August, 2016 rally when he spoke against Clinton, saying "There's nothing we can do to stop her... Well... You Second Amendment people might be able to do something... I don't know." Perhaps after enough "Second Amendment people" lose their health insurance because of him, they "might be able to do something... I don't know." (To use his own words.) Now I'm not advocating anything (just as he was not). I'm only saying the "Second Amendment people" might come up with a sixth option. I don't know.
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