I had to do a double-take earlier this month when I first came across former Mexican President Vincente Fox’s tweet: TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear with US tax payers. They will pay for it. – 1/6/2017 tweet by @VicenteFoxQue
One former world leader dropping the F-bomb to a current one in public was something that I could never imagine before Twitter President Trump happened. More and more, notable figures are not shying away from showing their distaste for President Trump’s policy and digital diplomacy. Trump’s irresponsible and impulsive tweeting habits are changing the course of our country’s international relationships and our image to the world. Through the presidential campaign and now in his first week in office, Trump has begun to alienate the United States from the international community, moving us further away from productive dialogue on global and dire issues that affect many. Trump’s Twiplomacy has become a tool of governance serving to oppress and intimidate his critics and opponents. And other world leaders are catching on. Tête-à-tête conversations that have usually taken place behind closed doors and that citizens could only speculate about, are now taking place in the public eye. I am personally concerned how Trump’s “bully pulpit of choice” is causing irreparable damage due to his lack of basic respect for diplomacy, culture, history, and humanity.
The Editorial Board at the Chicago Tribune in an article titled, For better and worse, the Twitter presidency, puts it in a perfect terms, “the immediacy and novelty are captivating. Americans have never experienced a president thinking and leading in real-time.” To the detriment of our country and the freedoms of many, Trump is using Twitter to shock and stir an immediate reaction in his audience. To many, fear of what’s to come; to others, a challenge.
Current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, for example, took on Trump via Twitter last week to denounce Trump’s proposed 20% tax on imports and insistence on making Mexico pay for the wall. The feud ended in a canceled meeting and uncertainty of what’s to happen next.
Thanks to Trump, any semblance of the diplomacy that most citizens of the world thought they could count on has gone out the window. And like a train wreck, the world can’t look away.