The State of Things

From Harper's Weekly, last week: "U.S. president Donald Trump, who was once implicated alongside a Saudi arms dealer in a scheme to avoid paying sales taxes at a Manhattan jewelry store, visited Saudi Arabia, where he ate steak with ketchup, participated in a sword dance, and announced plans to sell the country more than $110 billion in U.S. arms. Trump then visited Israel, where he said in a meeting in Jerusalem that he had 'just got back from the Middle East,' canceled a speech before Israel's parliament because he didn't want to be heckled, and visited and signed the guestbook of the country's Holocaust museum. 'SO AMAZING + WILL NEVER FORGET!' wrote Trump, whose administration once omitted mention of Jewish people in a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Trump visited Belgium, where he reportedly ate 'lots of' chocolates and then complained he did not have a positive impression of the European Union because it took him two and a half years to get a license to open up a golf course in Ireland."