November 20, 2017 10:48 am -

I guess this means Donald Trump is not the leader of the free world. This is not the position in which the United States wants to find itself, but our foreign allies want to talk to actual leaders.G

lobal leaders are choosing to deal with Democrat mayors and governors rather than President Donald Trump on issues that the White House ignores, it has been claimed.

The Washington Post reported that six Democratic figures—including four governors and two big-city mayors—are bypassing the Trump administration and reaching out directly to global heads of state on matters such as combating climate change and ending regional disputes.

It comes as Trump narrows the White House focus when dealing with Europe to two main issues, defense spending and trade deficits.

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown of California spent 10 days in Europe striking deals with the international community to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. He also reaffirmed California’s commitment to the goals set forth in the Paris climate accords in 2016, regardless of whatever the federal government decides to do.

Joining Brown at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn three other Governors, all Democrats: Kate Brown of Oregon, Jay Inslee of Washington, and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia.

The mayors of America’s two largest cities—both of whom are Democrats as well—have also carved out their roles in global politics.

In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York spoke at a protest in Germany on the importance of cities working together against climate change and income inequality independent of national governments.

“While the national governments will probably only make limited progress, the rest of us don’t have that choice. If we make only limited progress we’ll only be going backward,” de Blasio said at the protest, as reported by Bloomberg.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti created a new deputy mayor position for international affairs earlier this year in order to better serve the city’s large immigrant population.

This what happens when a real estate scammer like, say, Donald Trump, and an oil magnate like Rex Tillerson are put in charge. Our foreign parners seek leadership — abd they are finding it.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.