Of the seven billion people currently residing on Earth, there are only five living individuals who truly understand what fulfilling the duties of POTUS takes. Six if you count Donald Trump, which is open for debate.
Those five former presidents rarely wade into the political fray anymore, usually maintaining a comfortable distance between themselves and hot-button issues. This may change as our situation becomes more turbulent and cries for Barack Obama to re-involve himself in the thick of things continues to increase. For the meantime, though, the precedent remains mostly intact.
Former President Jimmy Carter, in a rare moment, offered some input with regard to what he feels is the worst decision Trump has made yet. Considering all of the bad decisions Trump has insisted upon making, that’s a pretty bold statement, and one which predicts dire consequences to be in the wings.
In order to fully understand the gravity of Carter’s statement, lets take a look at some of the worst decisions that Trump has made so far, which possibly pale in comparison to the one Carter is warning about. Deciding which of Trump’s decisions are worse than others is subjective in nature, but this brief list considers a few of Trump’s most damaging judgment calls.
Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accords. Not only is this a huge setback for national efforts to improve the environment, but it cedes tremendous global influence to China and other world powers which will be represented at the Accords. Even Russia, whose economic prospects will be improved by climate change, will be present, as it is not willing to risk letting other countries overshadow Russia’s world influence. Trump was content to make the decision on behalf of America to stay home and further isolate the U.S. On the other hand, with all the extra time we’ll have not participating in the Accords, Trump will have plenty of time to think of another way to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize the dead coal industry in hopes of reviving his close friend and government lobbyist, Robert Murray’s, personal fortune, after Trump’s last attempt to reward the coal magnate’s support was blocked.
Promising to ultimately pull out of the Iran deal. Although Trump hasn’t pulled the trigger on it, he might as well have and has another opportunity to do so coming up. Not only will this further alienate us internationally, but it sends a message to every other nation in the world that the U.S. cannot be trusted to make long-term deals with.
Trump promised to make Mexico pay for a wall to protect us from our economic and political ally. He not only miserably failed to secure that payment from Mexico, but he alienated a close trading partner to such an extent that Mexico is actively making trade deals with other nations so that they can buy less American goods. Mexico is also desperately searching for other ways to cut economic ties with the U.S. After being insulted so heavily by the U.S. leader, it only makes sense that they wouldn’t want to continue buying our goods and supporting our economy.
Trump’s failure to make vital appointments, leaving key positions vacant. Trump has yet to fill nearly two-thirds of the key presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions in his administration, according to data compiled by the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post. At the same points in their presidencies, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush had at least 100 more confirmations behind them than the Trump administration currently has.
While this is my list of Trump’s biggest screw-ups since taking office, it’s certainly far from complete. Former President Jimmy Carter thinks Trump’s decision to hire John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster tops them all. I can’t say I disagree either, but the implication of this decision is yet to be felt, so it’s hard to say. Many are concerned that Bolton, who eagerly led us into Iraq, will do the same with North Korea. Carter addressed his concerns about Bolton today in a statement to CBS.
“I have been concerned at some of the things he’s decided. I think his last choice for national security adviser was very ill-advised. I think John Bolton has been the worst mistake he’s made,” Carter told “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell on Monday.