‘A Petulant Emperor’: Former WH Official Slams ‘Unfit’ Trump For Demanding To Be Praised To Do His Job
Donald Trump’s ranting tweet demanding thanks from three young black men for saving them has set off a lot of alarm bells for people. And, understandably so, given Trump’s previous actions in the wake of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in the ongoing NFL anthem protests.
Even if you take out the racial element, what Trump is asking for is to be thanked —or, more accurately, thanked by the “right” people— for doing his job.
Part of being President is trying to get US citizens out of dicey situations in foreign countries, and demanding to be praised by three teenagers for what you did for them isn’t exactly presidential.
A former White House official on Sunday responded to President Trump’s tweets criticizing LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player arrested in China on shoplifting charges, saying they summarize Trump’s “unfitness for the job.”
“He does not see himself as representing the citizens of the United States (that’s the job desc) but himself as a kind of petulant emperor who needs to be fawned over to do his job. Unpresidential in the extreme,” former undersecretary of State Richard Stengel tweeted.
This tweet perfectly summarizes @potus' unfitness for the job. He does not see himself as representing the citizens of the United States (that's the job desc) but himself as a kind of petulant emperor who needs to be fawned over to do his job. Unpresidential in the extreme. https://t.co/nUFXrJWIUL
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) November 19, 2017
Three UCLA basketball players, including Ball’s son, LiAngelo, were arrested earlier this month on shoplifting charges during a team trip to China.
Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the country earlier in the month about releasing the players, who were returned home last week.
The UCLA players thanked President Trump last week for helping to secure their release and also apologized for their actions.
“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” Riley said in a news conference. “We really appreciate you helping us out.”
But a simple “Thank you” was not enough for Trump, who said on sunday that he should have left the players arrested for shoplifting in jail after LaVar Ball did not praise Trump for his role in the players’ release.
Trump then doubled down on the remark later in the day Sunday, saying he “should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead.”