Oh dear. The Unprez’s trip is looming, and world leaders are all busy lining up favourite foods, padding playpens, and doing power point slides on how to handle the Tiny Tyrant. The mocking by the Twitterati has been merciless, and deservedly so. These are obviously not preparations for a visit by an adult, let alone the supposed president of a
company country. [My Freudian Slip is showing.] These are preparations for a cranky toddler, ever on the verge of a full meltdown tantrum. AP and NYT have stories about these preparations, if you feel like being gobsmacked this day, with a side helping of near-fatal eyerolls.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal – steak with a side of ketchup – will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.
At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Trump’s five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule.
It’s all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate America’s homebody president on a voyage with increasingly raised stakes given the ballooning controversy involving his campaign’s possible ties to Russia. For a former international businessman, Trump simply doesn’t have an affinity for much international.
Even before Trump’s trip morphed from a quick jaunt to Europe into a nine-day behemoth, White House aides were on edge about how the president would take to grueling pressures of foreign travel: the time zone changes, the unfamiliar hotels, the local delicacies. Two officials said they feared that a difficult trip might even lead the president to hand off future traveling duties to Vice President Mike Pence.
From the AP article.
After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.
“If you were prepping people for Donald Trump, the two or three points would be: one, bear in mind this is still a guy who focuses on wins,” Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the United States, said. “He likes to have wins for America and wins for himself from bilateral meetings.”
“Secondly,” he continued, “he is a deal maker, a pragmatist. Third, this is a guy with a limited attention span. He absolutely won’t want to listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter.”
From the NYT.
I don't mean to belabor this comparison but these are literally tips for managing toddlers pic.twitter.com/hqyWYiCp3K
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) May 19, 2017
“I don’t mean to belabor this comparison but these are literally tips for managing toddlers.”
@AP @POTUS brings the world together in an international babysitting effort.
— Michael McKeag (@mj_mckeag) May 19, 2017
“@AP @POTUS brings the world together in an international babysitting effort.”
Raw Story has some of the choice tweets on the issue.
Tabby Lavalamp says
If he wasn’t so dangerous it would be funny that running for president has completely shattered even the slightest legacy Donald could have hoped to have left.
I know this is all because of politics and diplomacy, but I would be overjoyed if instead of catering to his fragility, they treated him like he deserves to be treated.
I’d settle for everyone treating him like an adult.
Is this the reason they retired prince Philip?
Yes, it would be fitting if everyone just did their usual thing, making it clear to everyone that Trump is unfit for his position. However, given his personality, he would happily cripple the UN, just for petty revenge.
Once he’s out, we can have him drawn and quartered. Right now, we need to be extremely careful. There’s literally no telling what he might do.
I feel they’re conceding too much, like a polite form of grovelling, if these rules will be taken seriously anywhere in the world.
This would be ideal. Let him see just how out of his league he is, that the world will not fall apart just because he doesn’t want to share his ball with the rest of the playground. It’s not the only ball around, and I wish they’d show him that, too.
I’m wondering how much of those ‘rules’, however, will actually be implemented -- because it all seems so ridiculous. Are other heads of state actually going to go by those… suggestions? Really?
Also, I notice they call him a pragmatist. A pragmatist? My ass. Is more of a pragmatist than Trump.
From the AP article:
Aren’t they imposing on christian religious freedom by forcing the hair furor to eat meat prepared in the muslim fashion??? They’ll all be converted in no time!
I’d dearly love for someone to point out that his steak isn’t a proper American Christian steak after he pours the non-American ketchup all over it.
It should be Dijon ketchup.
Its one thing to treat special ed kids like special ed kids but a president ought to be treated as at least an average 4th grader.