The leaders of other nations have quickly figured out what anyone who has been paying attention knows, which is that Trump is staggeringly ignorant about virtually and simultaneously convinced of his near-omniscience. Also that he has the attention span of a fruit fly. Thus their use of simplistic and colorful cue cards to educate him about trade.
Specifically, the Journal’s sources say that EU representatives made use of “colorful cue cards” that they thought would help keep the president’s attention during meetings. Each card contained what WSJ describes as “simplified explainers” that “had at most three figures about a specific topic, such as trade in cars or standards for medical devices.”One European official speaking anonymously to WSJ reporters says that they knew they’d have to dumb things down compared to typical meetings they had with world leaders given the president’s penchant for getting distracted during meetings and presentations.
“We knew this wasn’t an academic seminar,” the official says. “It had to be very simple.”
This is, of course, the same thing that the CIA has had to do with the Presidential Daily Briefing, which gives him the latest intelligence on threats facing the country. He is neither interested in or capable of paying attention, so they’ve had to make it so simple that it might as well be a coloring book. But I think this helps explain Trump’s appeal to his followers — finally, they think, someone just like us. Yeah, ignorant and proud of being ignorant. This is not only not a good thing, it’s an incredibly dangerous thing when the ignoramus in question controls thousands of nuclear weapons.
I half expect the next story to about how other countries are trying to get through to him by giving him a gold-plated pacifier.