Trump’s Eyes

Ken AshfordForeign Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

How Trump looks at allies versus Putin

This was in France this weekend as world leaders gathered to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One.

The overseas trip, largely ceremonial for everyone, was a complete disaster for Trump, starting with his failure to show up because of rain:

He began his visit with a tweet slamming the French president’s call for a European defense force, arrived at events alone and spent much of his trip out of sight in the American ambassadors’ residence in central Paris. 

Then there was the part where French President Macron lambasted Trump’s brand of nationalism in front of Trump, comparing nationalism and patriotism.

Even Trump and Putin canceled a scheduled meeting, after the French Gov’t asked them not to meet.

Trump was terse during some of his private conversations with world leaders, according to people with direct knowledge of his visit. One of the people described the president as “grumpy.” They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

The president and first lady Melania Trump had traveled to the commemoration separately — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited security protocols, which appeared to be a lie — from the other dignitaries, who had traveled together by bus from the Élysée Palace.

This is as good a place as any to post this

UPDATE: The afraid-of-rain president is avoiding Veteran’s Ceremonies HERE too.