It's an American (thought not just) tendency generally to assume people from other countries are backwards and ignorant. As Americans are to New Yorkers, the World is to Americans. Add in a rich failson who thinks he's a supergenius and you triple this problem. Make him the effective Secretary of State despite the fact he probably knows nothing about nothing, and you have a recipe for actual smart people in other countries rolling their eyes and laughing their heads off when the doors are closed.
After they've stolen his (our) lunch money.