Schiff: U.S. Allies 'Will Wonder' Whether Trump 'Was a Bout of Temporary Insanity' by American Voters

By Susan Jones | August 22, 2019 | 9:45am EDT
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee and a frequent Trump critic, still insists that Donald Trump is putting his business interests ahead of the nation's interests by "kowtowing" to Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

From Russia to China to ISIS to the NATO alliance, Trump is making big mistakes, Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

"How long will it take to repair the damage that has already been done to alliances and allies that we truly need on the world stage?" "Morning Joe" contributor Mike Barnicle asked Schiff:

"Well, some damage I think can be readily repaired," Schiff said.

But the biggest, longest-standing damage is the fact that rest of the world will wonder, when Donald Trump is gone, whether this was a bout of temporary insanity on the part of the American voter or whether this is a recurring virus that can come back.

And I think the size of his repudiation will be important to restore credibility around the world that this is a passing phase, much like Britain's Brexit from reality, that will not recur.

You know, one other very tangible thing, though, that's going to be long-lasting damage is the fact that we reneged on an international agreement, the JCPOA [Iran deal], and other nations will now have to consider whether the United States' word only lasts as long as that presidency. It will be hard to overcome that damage.

But I do think, you know, our relations with Denmark, for example, our relations with Britain and Germany and France, our relations with Canada and the Australians, these things can be readily repaired by a different president, a better president. But there will be some very long-lasting, probably decades-lasting damage done by this president.

President Trump has been vocal about NATO members' failure to live up to their defense commitments.

He singled out Denmark on Wednesday, tweeting:

"For the record, Denmark is only at 1.35% of GDP for NATO spending. They are a wealthy country and should be at 2%. We protect Europe and yet, only 8 of the 28 NATO countries are at the 2% mark. The United States is at a much, much higher level than that...Because of me, these countries have agreed to pay ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS more - but still way short of what they should pay for the incredible military protection provided. Sorry!"

Trump on Tuesday canceled plans to visit Denmark, after the Danish prime minister called Trump's idea of purchasing Greenland "absurd."

"I thought it was an inappropriate statement," Trump said. "She's not talking to me. She's talking to the United States of America. You don't talk to the United States that way, at least under me."

For the record, Schiff said his committee and others in the Democrat-led House are continuing their investigations into Donald Trump that "may lead to impeachment."


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