After listening for 10 minutes

From Vox last week:

President Donald Trump recounted an absolutely astounding detail about one of his conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping in comments published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently, Trump came into his first meeting with the Chinese leader, in early April, convinced that China could simply eliminate the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program. Xi then patiently explained Chinese-Korean history to Trump — who then promptly changed his mind.

“After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy,” the president told the Journal. “I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power [over] North Korea. … But it’s not what you would think.”

Typical, innit.

He was telling us the same thing about health insurance. “It turns out to be complicated,” he said wonderingly. Yes we know, Donnie, and since it was your idea to go after this job, you should have known too.

He finds that out about everything. People brief him and he runs around full of astonishment, telling everyone what he just learned and bragging that he’s the only person who knows it.

It’s simply staggering that the US head of state is so abjectly stupid that he feels no need to become informed about the issues he has to deal with. It’s staggering that he has no qualms about admitting that the Chinese president had to tell him some basic facts about China and North Korea – subjects he’d been babbling about on Twitter and in campaign speeches for months or years – and that those facts instantly changed his mind. It’s staggering that he doesn’t realize he should have learned those facts a long time ago.

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