Saturday 29 April 2017

'A leader immersed in needless rows will be distracted from the business of government'

Jane Fonda participates in a protest against US President Donald Trump’s executive order to allow the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Photo: Reuters
Jane Fonda participates in a protest against US President Donald Trump’s executive order to allow the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Photo: Reuters
Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

They say self-praise is no praise, but not in the mindset of the new President of the United States, Donald J Trump. There was a revealing incident earlier this month.

With less than a fortnight to go before his inauguration, it might have been expected that Mr Trump would be consumed by his preparations to lead a new administration, but the then President-elect was otherwise engaged. He was, in fact, busy point-scoring in a self-indulgent Twitter spat over a reality TV show.

Mr Trump could not resist sending a gloating tweet to highlight the poor ratings figures for Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Celebrity Apprentice' show. At the same time, Mr Trump drew attention to his own prior success on reality television; he grandiosely described himself as "the ratings machine, DJT", and he suggested that Mr Schwarzenegger had been "swamped" in comparison.

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