I am slapping myself silly over the president of the United States’ inability to conduct himself with anything approaching the dignity his high office would demand.
Donald Trump is getting set for a state visit to the United Kingdom. He’ll meet with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and many other dignitaries. State visits compel him to meet with the high and mighty among his hosts.
But what in the world is this guy trying to do?
Prime Minister Teresa May has announced her resignation. Trump then weighed in with a virtual endorsement of Boris Johnson as May’s possible successor. Labor Party officials say that a U.S. president should meddle in a British election; one of them called Trump’s near-endorsement to be “unacceptable.”
Oh, and then there’s the dust-up over the Duchess of Sussex, the American-born wife of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, who said in 2016 that she might consider moving out of the country if Trump were elected president.
Trump responded by saying something about Markle being “nasty,” but then said he believed she would do well as a member of the British royal family.
White House officials say that Trump’s remarks were taken “out of context.” OK. Whatever.
If only the president of the United States would understand — let alone follow — the rules of diplomatic decorum.
He shouldn’t offer any public opinion on who should become the head of government of an allied nation in the midst of enormous economic and political turmoil.
Nor should he pop off about a beloved member of the royal family, tossing around the “nasty” epithet just because she — as an American citizen — was offering a political statement, which she is entitled to do.
It’s always something with this guy.