With the Senate back in session this week, several lawmakers have been able to voice their dissatisfaction with the Trump administration, including on how the president has handled rising tensions with Iran.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) did not pull any punches while discussing President Donald Trump on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, comparing his demeanor and patience-level to that of her toddler, who is just shy of being 2-years-old.
“‘All is well.’ That’s what Donald Trump said just hours after a dozen missiles were fired at two United States military bases [Tuesday] night,” Duckworth noted. “That’s what he said as thousands of troops are readying to deploy to the Middle East, to a hotbed of anger where wearing an American flag on your shoulder gets more dangerous by the day.”
The situation in the Middle East, Duckworth added, which seems to be headed toward more troubling times in her view, is born out of Trump’s “illiteracy in matters ranging from foreign policy to common sense.”
“All is certainly not well, when war is on the horizon, simply because you wanted to look like the toughest kid on the playground,” she added.
“We got into this situation because of Trump’s glibness…America is less safe as a result. So no, Mr. President, all is certainly not well,” Duckworth, who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq in 2004, said.
Trump’s behavior is easily manipulatable, the senator said, and hostile foreign leaders understand how to trick him. The situation with Iran is no different, she said.
“All these dictators have realized the same thing: the President of the United States is as easy to control as a toddler. Sweet talk him or thump your chest and issue a few schoolyard threats, and you’ve got him. He’ll fall for it every time, doing your bidding as if it’s his own.”
It’s difficult for to manage the country’s security, including keeping troops overseas safe, under such circumstances, with a leader such as Trump in charge, the senator alleged. “My diaper-wearing 20-month-old has better impulse control than this president,” Duckworth added.
Duckworth’s frustrations on the issue of Iran have not been a partisan matter — Republicans, too, voiced outrage with the administration this week after a meeting on the justifications for assassinating a top military leader from that nation occurred, with many of the questions being dismissed during the process.
It was the assassination of that leader, Qasem Soleimani, that led to Iran launching missiles Tuesday night toward American military bases in Iraq.
“They had to leave after 75 minutes while they’re in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and run along, and not debate this in public. I find that absolutely insane. I think it’s unacceptable,” Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, described the meeting.