"Half a year into the Trump era, there’s little evidence of Donald Trump, master negotiator," they write. "Quite the opposite, in fact: In several very important areas and with some very important partners, Trump seems to be getting the short end of the proverbial stick. The president who was going to put America first and outmaneuver allies and adversaries alike seems to be getting outsmarted by both at every turn, while the United States gets nothing."
Nowhere is this more evident than with Russia. Trump has completely caved and repeatedly. "Trump has become Putin’s poodle," the article concludes.
Vladimir Putin is an international intrigue grandmaster. Trump is a rank amateur. His Secretary of State has no diplomacy experience. Trump thinks a whole lot of bullshit would make Putin fold. The opposite resulted. Trump was chumped.
The article continues by noting how Saudi Arabia, China, North Korea, and Israel have successful played Trump. They won repeatedly. Trump lost every time and so did America.
Hopefully whoever succeeds Trump, Republican or Democrat, will be able to repair some of this damage.
This is a deeply troubling article but absolutely necessary reading. Please read the piece if you care at all about the United States, its security, and its future.