For Trump critics, to follow is to lead

President Trump’s performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader.

ABC News contemplated “A World Without U.S. Leadership.” CNN reported that Trump exchanged “an aggressive, traditional American leadership role for isolation in a club of one.” The liberal activist Neera Tanden tweeted, “Can we just admit that the era of American global leadership is over under Trump?”

The talking point quickly became conventional wisdom in Europe. In the UK, the Independent wrote, “The G-20 proves it. Because of Trump, the world no longer looks to America for leadership.”

While there were disagreements in Hamburg between Trump and the other 19 nations on lots of things, including trade, the main factor in all the end-of-American-leadership talk was the president’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.