Trump tries to perform the Art Of The Deal on the fly in Poland and gets schooled by Polish President on the Polish Constitution
I didn’t watch every one of candidate Trump’s rallies during the campaign, so I may have missed this chant:
“What do we want? An autocrat! When do we want it? Now!”
Apparently, Donald Trump thinks he was elected to rule our nation like a CEO, blissfully unaware that our Constitutional Republic prohibits Presidents from making private business deals.
In the midst of an otherwise successful day in Poland on July 6, basking in the adulation of the crowds who were chanting his exalted name, the U.S. President regrettably took his eyes off of the well-written script and started improvising from the top of his head.
From the U.K. Independent:
“ahead of his visit to Poland, the ruling Law and Justice Party, admirers of Mr Trump and grateful for his decision to come to Warsaw before Paris, Brussels or Berlin, promised the White House cheering crowds, Polish media reports.
According to the Associated Press, ruling politicians and pro-government activists plan to bus in groups of people to cheer Mr. Trump during his speech.”
It’s easy to see how all the effusive praise may have energized President Trump to slip back into his comfort zone as the business mogul, practicing his “art of the deal”. Too bad, as U.S. President, that’s not his job, unless our nation has morphed into Fascism since the 2016 election. But, in typical Trump style, he plowed into the challenge, unhindered by the Constitution he swore to defend.
As he addressed the topic of energy exports to Poland during a formal meeting with the press, the U.S. President began cajoling his audience to suggest that he could make a better deal with Polish President Andrzej Duda, to benefit America in a transaction involving the sale of Liquid Natural Gas:
“Maybe we can get your price up a little bit, but that’s okay. He’s a tough negotiator,” adding, “We can enter a contract within the next 15 minutes. Do you have anybody available to negotiate?”
As the Executive representative of his own Constitutionally defined democracy, Duda was compelled to correct his counterpart:
“It is not the president of the United States and the president of Poland who are going to sign the long-term contract for LNG gas deliveries to Poland. But the contract will be signed by companies, by a Polish company and an American company.”
This faux-pas will barely make a scratch in the support President Trump continues to enjoy from his devotees. Some may even defend him by saying the authority to negotiate private business deals must be written somewhere in Article XII – you know, the non-existent Constitutional article that candidate Trump promised the GOP leadership that he would protect.
A year ago, on July 8, 2016, ABC News reported that during an invitation to woo rank-and-file Republicans and build party unity, Trump told members he would be the ‘best constitutional president ever,’ according to Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisconsin, a Trump skeptic.
Continuing, from ABC:
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-South Carolina, said Trump promised to protect several articles of the Constitution — including “Article XII,” even though the Constitution has seven articles.
“It was the normal stream of consciousness that’s long on hyperbole and short on facts,” Sanford told reporters after the meeting.
In spite of this blatant ignorance, “House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said the meeting was productive.
‘Our members really enjoyed it,’ Ryan said. ‘It’s very clear that he’s working on putting together a strong general election campaign.’”
It appears that the Republicans got precisely the kind of representative they wanted. Too bad our Constitutional Republic is the loser in this deal.