Gone are the days when leaders around the world danced for the American President Donald Trump…
As with his trade ‘deals’?
Donald Trump has lost his ‘swag’….
Nobody is afraid of guy who’s sidewalk act has been exposed ….
A guy who makes people wonder about his ineptness and an America that could possibly elect this guy for ANOTHER 4 years?
President Trump has always relished throwing European leaders off balance, antagonizing allies, embracing insurgents and setting off a frantic contest for how best to deal with him. Now, as Europe undergoes dizzying political changes of its own, it is throwing Mr. Trump off balance.
In London for a NATO summit meeting, Mr. Trump was subjected to a rare tongue-lashing on trade and terrorism by President Emmanuel Macron of France, who dismissed his attempt to lighten the mood with a curt, “Let’s be serious.” Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump held his own tongue about British politics, heeding Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plea not to barge into Britain’s election at the 11th hour.
For a president who prides himself on being the Great Disrupter, it was a startling turnabout, one that underscored how Europe’s shifting landscape — with an ambitious president in France, a lame-duck leader in Germany and a breakaway populist in Britain — has scrambled the calculus for Mr. Trump.
For now, at least, Mr. Macron has replaced Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany as Mr. Trump’s chief antagonist on the Continent. The French president’s recent assertion that NATO was exhausted and strategically adrift — or in a state of “brain death” as he put it in an interview with The Economist last month — angered both Mr. Trump and Ms. Merkel and has created an improbable, if perhaps fleeting, alignment between those two leaders who spent much of the last three years on opposite poles…
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Germany to up its military spending, or face unspecified trade sanctions.
Trump issued the warning on Tuesday while in London for a NATO leaders’ summit, and ahead of a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel scheduled for early Wednesday afternoon.
He said he expected Germany to ramp up its military spending. “They have to,” Trump said. “Otherwise, if they don’t want to, I’ll have to do something with respect to trade.”…
President Trump said Wednesday that he would cancel a press conference he was scheduled to participate in at the conclusion of a NATO summit in London.
Trump told reporters he planned to attend other scheduled meetings later Wednesday but that he would “probably go directly back to Washington” afterward, noting that he gave numerous press availabilities throughout the two days in London.
“We’ll go directly back. I think we’ve done plenty of press conferences — unless you’re demanding a press conference, we’ll do one — but I think we’ve had plenty of questions,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump later officially canceled the press conference in a series of tweets….
A few world leaders were caught on tape apparently gossiping about President Trump at an evening gathering in London, adding further tensions to a set of NATO meetings.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macronand British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were seen having an animated conversation about what appeared to be Trump’s lateness to bilateral meetings earlier in the day.
“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,” Trudeau says without naming the U.S. president.
Trump had one-on-one meetings Tuesday with Trudeau, Macron and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. At the outset of each meeting, Trump took questions from the press that totaled more than two hours by the end of the day.
“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” Trudeau said….
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