Donald Trump often claims he's treated unfairly by the American mainstream media, but he has no excuses for why an independent reporter from Australia would decide to tear into his behavior at the recent G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. For no conceivable reason besides his desire to report the truth as he sees it, Australian journalist Chris Uhlmann goes after Trump in a way that can only be described as "brutal."
Uhlmann begins his indictment by claiming Trump has demonstrated a limited set of skills -- one that allows him to identify illnesses in Western democracies but offers no cure for them. According to Uhlmann, Trump has "no desire and no capacity to lead the world."
Uhlmann continued to describe how a "deft" president, aware that the U.S. was left completely alone in its rejection of the Paris Climate Accord, would have denounced recent missile launches by North Korea or focused on some other rallying point that could reunite the U.S. with the rest of the world. Many countries were more than prepared to back the U.S. if it were to take a stand against the small rogue nation (which is usually supported by Russia and China). No such statement ever came.
The reporter then tears into Trump's domestic troubles, saying it's easy to mistake the Trump who recites speeches written for him with the Trump who says what he wants (on Twitter). The latter Trump, the real Trump, wastes "his precious days as president at war with the West's institutions, like the judiciary, independent government agencies, and the free press."
At G20, Uhlmann says, Trump was an "uneasy, lonely, awkward figure" and that "some of the leaders are trying the best way to work around him."
In what was perhaps his most scathing moment, the reporter says:
Donald Trump is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking or talked about is all that really matters, and there is no value placed on the meaning of words, so what's said one day can be discarded the next.
Watch the full video of the Australian takedown below.
Uhlmann concludes with a warning: Without the United States to hold them in check, Russia and China will fill the vacuum of power and establish a much different world order for the 21st century:
Some will cheer the decline of America, but I think we will miss it when it's gone.