Politico has a new article out detailing one effect of Trump's leadership that I personally find most distressing; his appreciation for, and emulation of, strongman leaders. You can argue one way or another whether the "I alone can fix it" model is good for America, but it certainly does send a message to other countries. Let me quote the first few paragraphs of the piece: On a recent visit to Washington, members of an official Chinese delegation told their congressional hosts that Jared Kushner, with his murky mix of business and political interests, reminded them of a wealthy young communist “princeling” in their own country. When Capitol Hill aides warned officials from another repressive foreign government that they could pay a political price for human rights abuses, their visitors scoffed: President Donald Trump had just called their leader, they said, and told him he was doing a great job. In addition to those interactions, recounted by people who were present, in the days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, one diplomat from an undemocratic nation told POLITICO he was taking a guilty pleasure in the spectacle. “Now you guys can’t lecture everyone else anymore,” he said. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/trump-strongman-erdogan-238418 This is the real problem of a leader like Trump in the White House; as he slowly destroys customs, traditions, and the very rule of law itself, this nation's status as upholding freedom and equality, however shaky that might have been, is destroyed as well.