Trump’s inability to articulate or understand even the basics of the GOP’s policy objectives has been a major impediment to his administration thus far. Back in January, he couldn’t outline the most basic contours of Ryan’s American Healthcare Act, and to this day he has shown a stunning ignorance of this major campaign topic he and other Republicans whipped up so much fury about during last year’s election.
Shortly after the House GOP recklessly pushed through a bill that will strip millions of Americans of health insurance and spike rates for lower-income citizens, Trump put his cluelessness on full display during a one-on-one meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“It’s going to be fantastic healthcare,” Trump said of the recent legislation that Republicans crammed through with little debate and virtually no analysis. “I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia,” he then addressed Turnbull, “because you have better healthcare than we do.”
This is thoroughly ironic. Painfully so. The GOP’s legislation could throw as many as 24 million people off their insurance. That Trump would simultaneously tout this as a victory while publicly admitting that a universal healthcare system is superior to that of the United States simply further underscores how aimless and divorced from reality he is, a fact that has (and always will) render him thoroughly unfit for office.