Then Trump joked in front of a group of veterans about giving himself the Medal of Honor — an award that recognizes the highest levels of military valor.
The Times wasn’t arguing that the idea of buying Greenland was a bad one but that Trump’s decision to go diplomatically nuclear with Denmark — a tiny country that has been a steady military ally — over a perceived slight involving a real estate offer that wasn’t even officially made is surreal.
And that’s the point. Trump’s reality — where countries can be bought and sold and where it’s worth spending a day rhetorically fighting Denmark — is different from other people’s.
His amazingly thin skin, his combative foreign policy, his complete rejection of diplomacy, his demand for complete loyalty all come at a very real public cost.
Either he’s trolling everyone, saying outlandish things to get a rise or, as some psychiatrists viewing him from afar have argued for some time, he may be becoming delusional.
As far as the Constitution is concerned, it might not matter what his mental state is. The mechanism to remove a President from office for unfitness is the 25th Amendment, which requires a mutiny of his Cabinet, large portions of which aren’t filled by permanent officials. He’s in office and surrounded by people who never publicly disagree with him.
But just because he is President and there’s little or no chance he’d ever be removed does not mean there’s not cause for concern when he starts sounding like he has a God complex.
His former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired by Trump and was then a surrogate for him, has fully turned on the President and is encouraging fellow Republicans to do the same.