The New York Times and Washington Post recently published transcripts of long (I hesitate to say “in depth”) interviews with Donald Trump on his “foreign policy.” Spoiler alert: the U.S. government is clueless about cutting good deals, Trump knows a lotta people, enough said. The Times and Post then ran editorials in which they said Trump was crazy. To me the craziest thing Trump said was that Iran was the #1 trade partner with North Korea. When David Sanger said “with all due respect, Mr. Trump, it’s China,” Trump responded with his boilerplate that while Sanger may have read that “fact” somewhere, Trump had heard that Iran was North Korea’s top trade partner, so there. If you know anything about North Korea, you know that it has land borders with just two countries, China and South Korea, and that China is the only nation giving North Korea any significant link with the rest of the world. If Trump thinks Iran, which is thousands of miles away, is in any position to be North Korea’s main trading partner, he either has no geopolitical or geographic sense, or he is trusting people with no foreign policy knowledge at all.
Trump’s reality distortion field may be powerful enough that none of this matters, but his ignorance and petulance are not lost on the United States of America’s competitors and adversaries, and will be exploited by them should he win election.