The Breakfast Schlub


  • The White House said in a statement to The Washington Post on Wednesday that chief of staff John Kelly looked “displeased” at the NATO summit in Brussels “because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.”

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During a working breakfast that marked the start of the summit, Trump said Germany was “controlled by Russia,” citing an energy partnership between the two countries.

“It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year from Russia,” Trump said.

He added: “Germany is totally controlled by Russia.”

Reporters there noted that Kelly looked fairly uncomfortable as Trump made the comments.


Trump’s remarks on Germany and Russia generated a sharply worded response from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union,” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, told reporters, according to Reuters.

“I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany,” Merkel added. “Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany.”

After meeting with Merkel later Wednesday, Trump claimed to have a “very, very good” relationship with the German leader.


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4 responses to “The Breakfast Schlub

  1. We could be seeing a lot of this in the future.

    “The White House clarified that the reason Justice Roberts looked displeased while discussing Trump’s nomination of Ivanka to the Supreme Court was that he had been served decaf coffee at breakfast by mistake.”

    “The White House clarified that the reason James Mattis looked displeased while briefing the press on Trump’s decision to invade Jupiter was that the pizza he ordered had arrived without the olives he specifically requested.”

    Merkel probably wanted to Red Hen the whole pack of them out of the breakfast meeting, but of course that wasn’t an option. “I cannot believe ve haff to deal vith this Dummkopf for two and a half more years. Hurry up, Mueller.”

    • I thought this White House was the biggest embarrassment in the history of the country, if not the world, until I started watching the Peter Strzok hearing today. Each Rethug questioner was dumber than the last, if that’s possible.