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Tilting at windmills in the White House

Tilting at windmills in the White House

by digby

Daily Kos noted an interesting moment between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and President Trump at a white house photo-op last week:

During their photo-op Trump blathered away about all the good news (whatever lies he decided to spew forth today). During that rambling idiotic Trump drool, Trump began sort of talking about his “trade tariff” threats. Prime Minister Rutte was visibly frustrated, though he hid it behind an almost maniacal smile at how cavalier Trump was being about the sole reason these two men were in the same room taking pictures.
Trump: “The EU... If we do work it out, that will be positive. And if we don’t, it will be positive also, because –
Rutte: “No.
Trump: —just think about those cars that pour in here.
Rutte: It’s not positive. We have to work something out.
Prime Minister Rutte is very diplomatic about this all, smiling and laughing, and definitely dying a little inside. He follows up Trump’s embarrassing display of utter stupidity by giving Trump a primer on what a world leader’s actual job description is supposed to be.
Rutte: Can I add, the relationship to the Netherlands -- it is over 400 years old. We are allies. Working closely together. Our talks today will no doubt concentrate on jobs and security. Because the President and I are convinced that as world leaders our prime task is essentially keep our countries safe, and stable; and the economy which is providing jobs and future growth for our people. And there are so many opportunities between the United States and the Netherlands both in the area of security and as well as the area of having more jobs and more trade…
He also reminds Trump that Netherlands’ investments in the United States equals jobs. You can see how frustrating this must be at the very end of the clip as Prime Minister Rutte is prompted to give his handshake to Trump and he quickly wants to leave.

Here's the video. I got the sense that Trump was distracted and of course, he wouldn't really understand any of that. The description of Rutte's strained smiling and laughing is an understatement.