Sunday 23 July 2017

'He's the biggest threat to the West he claims to hold dear' - Australian reporter's damning speech on Trump

President Donald Trump waves as he and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Andrews Air Force Base
US President Donald Trump (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the panel discussion "Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative" on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg

Cillian Sherlock

An Australian reporter's damning speech on President Donald Trump is going viral today.

Political editor of the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) Chris Uhlmann described Donald Trump as "uneasy, lonely and awkward" at the G20 meetings.

Mr Uhlmann said the president has "no desire or capacity to lead the world".

The journalist said other leaders at G20 were trying to work around Trump and claimed the United States "was left isolated and friendless" on the issue of the Paris Climate Accord.

He added that the billionaire was only concerned with his celebrity and placed no value on the meaning of words.

Mr Uhlmann further criticised the lack of a statement condemning the North Korea missile tests.

US President Donald Trump (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the panel discussion
US President Donald Trump (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the panel discussion "Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative" on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg

"We learned that Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. He managed to isolate his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America," he said.

Mr Uhlmann warned that Trump's actions will cede power to authoritarian states like China and Russia who will "forge a very different set of rules for the 21st Century".

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Photo: REUTERS/Saul Loeb
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Photo: REUTERS/Saul Loeb

"Some will cheer the decline of America but I think we'll miss it when it's gone," he added.

Prime Minister Theresa May holds talks with US President Donald Trump on the margins of the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May holds talks with US President Donald Trump on the margins of the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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