I will say I hate it. I will be honest with you. I hate taking these people.
I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.
— Donald Trump to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in January
The President of the United States actually said that to another world leader just days after assuming the most powerful office in the world.
Now you’d certainly think it would be impossible to top that in terms of sheer absurdity.
Indeed, you’d hope and pray that Trump couldn’t find a way to upstage the “local milk people” viral meme.
But this is Donald Trump we’re talking about and on Saturday, he set the ridiculous presidential soundbite bar (which had already been reset miles above anything we witnessed during George Bush’s presidency) even higher when, in a call to the governor of Guam, he said this:
That’s right, world: Donald Trump just told Eddie Calvo that thanks to the “fire and fury” comments, “all over the world they’re talking about Guam” and now, Guam’s tourism is going to “go up like tenfold.”
And then he congratulated Calvo on this “achievement” although it’s pretty clear if you listen to that clip again, that Trump – believe it or not – is actually congratulating himself for ostensibly engineering a tourism boom in Guam at “no cost” to the island.
I mean, “no cost” other than nuclear annihilation.