8 July 2017
HAMBURG, GERMANY - President Trump unleashed yesterday a firestorm of caustic tweets aimed at heads of state and their finance ministers in attendance at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. It’s the second time in as many weeks that President Trump has launched a barrage of insults via Twitter at some of the most powerful individuals in the world. Last week, for reasons still unexplained by the Whitehouse, Trump referred to Pope Frances as a “pathetic, no talent televangelist” and threatened to “Spill the frijoles” on the Pontiff’s personal involvement in an Argentinian child molestation case.
There has been no official comment from the Trump administration regarding today’s tweets, but it is believed President Trump was provoked by comments made by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the audible laughing from the others in the room.
Referring to the increasingly dire situation in Aleppo, Mr. Turnbull said, “In dealing with such delicate and tragic conditions, it’s important our approach be firm but at the same time we need to operate with kid gloves.” After a brief pause, Turnbull followed with, “Perhaps Trump could lend us some of his.” The obvious reference to the President’s small hands drew loud and long laughter. President Trump was not amused. For the final half of the program Trump stewed, seemingly composing vengeful tweets in his head.
In his closing comments, Mr. Turnbull addressed human rights issues, pleading for all to treat everyone equally, “whether they are black, white, brown or orange.” The audience again laughed and all heads turned in Mr. Trump’s direction.
President Trump let the insults fly online just minutes after the the meeting recessed. Few were spared. The first shot was aimed at Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who guffawed louder than anyone in the room.
The rest came rapid fire.