Thomas L. Friedman, May 31, 2017, New York Times
Merkel is just the first major leader to say out loud what every American ally is
now realizing: America is under new management. “Who is America today?” is the
first question I’ve been asked on each stop through New Zealand, Australia and
South Korea. My answer: We’re not the U.S.A. anymore. We’re the new U.A.E.: the
United American Emirate [JB emphasis].
We have an emir. His name is Donald. We have a crown prince. His name is
Jared. We have a crown princess. Her name is Ivanka. We have a consultative
council (Congress) that rubber-stamps whatever the emir wants. And like any good
monarchy, our ruling family sees no conflict of interest between its personal
businesses and those of the state. ...