Was the Trump administration’s foreign policy team partly inspired by “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s 2004 animated satire “Team America: World Police”?
At least one unnamed Trump official suggested as much in an interview with The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg published in June.
According to Goldberg, at least two officials said the emerging Trump Doctrine in foreign policy could be summed up as a version of “We’re America, Bitch” — and at least one noted the similarity to “Team America” and its NSFW theme song, “America, F— Yeah!”
The official acknowledged he was familiar with the box office dud, adding, “The president believes that we’re America, and people can take it or leave it.”
A second unnamed official — whom Goldberg described as a “senior White House official with access to the president and his thinking” — laid out the distinction in Trump’s approach to foreign affairs compared to his predecessor’s.
“Obama apologized to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything,” the official said, while Trump “doesn’t feel like he has to apologize for anything America does.”
“Team America” was a send-up of politics and action movies featuring animated marionettes who were part of a paramilitary force attempting to save the world from a terrorist plot by a still-timely villain: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, father of the country’s current leader, Kim Jong Un.