President Trump's first trip abroad has offered numerous challenges, which means numerous opportunities for comedy. The NATO Summit in Brussels, however, may have offered the best one yet, in the form of a spoof Donald Trump nature documentary by Funny or Die based on his behavior among his peers. It was always going to be an interesting moment when Trump was first forced to act like a real world leader among other world leaders, who were reportedly warned to keep their speeches short in order to keep from overtaxing the American president's notoriously short attention span. And with a day full of physical and verbal blustering, Trump did not disappoint — and neither did Funny or Die.
The mockumentary, if I may, begins with the moment when Trump pushed the Montenegrin prime minister aside in order to put himself back in the front of the group. "With more mature and competent members of his species forming a defensive wall in front of him, the aging Donald senses he is in danger," the video starts, ever so calmly, before coming to the infamous push. "Fearful of seeming inferior, he claws his way to the front of the pack and engages a pair of females," it continues, playing the moment when Trump pulls his way past Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic in slow motion.
The video goes on to address his speech at the summit, which Trump used to scold other NATO members for supposedly not paying their fair share to support the military alliance. "Unable to assert dominance physically," it says, "The Donald tries another tactic: threatening verbalizations." The other leaders, it notes, didn't seem too perturbed. "The other adults can only roll their eyes and mimic the sound of laughter," the narrator says, as the camera pans across the group of European leaders.
This video is particularly apt because it points out all of the differences that Trump has with the people who are now his peers, and they go far deeper than just Trump's unique preference for badly tailored suits. They're all competent adults, accomplished politicians, familiar with the rules governing the organizations that their nations belong to, and most likely fluent in several languages. While Trump's attempts at "asserting dominance" may have played well with his base back at home, the other world leaders can far more easily see through him — especially when he's calling for them to beef up their security apparatuses right after giving classified information to Russia. Given many of the NATO members' position on Russia — namely, that it's the greatest threat to their national sovereignty — that doesn't exactly ingratiate him to them.
Trump can and likely will keep up with his posturing, and it's not going to help the position of the United States in the world — but at least it does give us all something to laugh about in the meantime.