At the annual G7 summit, President Trump managed to perfectly embody the American stereotype ridiculed by the rest of the world while in the presence of other leaders.
The Times of London reported that while the leaders of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan walked 700 yards of the streets of Taormina, Sicily during the G7 summit, President Trump followed behind the rest of the group in a golf cart, rather than walk. Trump was also the last to arrive at a photo op, keeping other foreign leaders waiting at a Greek amphitheater.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 27, 2017
The hits just keep on comin'
"Leaders of France, Ger, Italy, Japan, Canada & UK walk the streets of Taormina. Trump follows in a golf cart" pic.twitter.com/MAEuwkY7ud
— Maggie Jordan: (@MaggieJordanACN) May 27, 2017
The news of Trump choosing to ride in a golf cart rather than walk drew scorn and ridicule from Twitter’s political observers, remarking that one of his main attack lines against chief rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election was that the former Secretary of State didn’t have the “stamina” to be President of the United States:
Every other leader walked, Trump sat in golf cart. How sick is this potus that he can't walk? https://t.co/tl5SYTti07
— Kristi (@InquiringMindGA) May 27, 2017
Trump: "Hillary doesn't have the stamina, I said she doesn't have the stamina, and I don't believe she does . . . " https://t.co/lXKL0DiqMj
— MikeBates (@MikeBates) May 27, 2017
Heard on #AMJoy that Trump is tired, so he's taking a golf cart today… while other world leaders walk. What happened to all that stamina??
— Dakota (@dakota_neff) May 27, 2017
One of the chief goals of other G7 leaders was to get President Trump to commit to fulfilling the United States’ earlier commit made by former President Barack Obama to lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris climate accords. However, Trump has, as of this writing, refused to follow through, saying instead in a tweet that he’ll make his decision on the climate agreement by next week.
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
While Trump promised on the campaign trail to pull out of the Paris agreement, casting doubt on the scientific consensus on man-made climate change, he’s reportedly feeling the pressure from various oil and gas companies to stay in the agreement. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said getting the U.S. to remain in the agreement is necessary for the agreement to work for the rest of the world.
“The Paris agreement has to be entirely implemented, and that is the way we will discuss this issue,” Juncker said.
Trump is flying back to Washington this weekend following his nine-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels, and Italy. His next international trip will be in July, when he goes to Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.