Foreign leaders are being advised on how to keep Trump happy, The New York Times reports.
Saudi Arabian leaders were shown a PowerPoint presentation ahead of Trump’s visit that offered Saudi palaces for Trump to stay in, Saudi demographics, investments in America and promises to reform their country. Trump will give a speech on Islam during his trip to perhaps the largest state sponsor of religious extremism.
The Times reports a larger trend of diplomats in D.C. advising their governments on how to flatter Trump by bringing up his Electoral College victory, telling him he’s better than Obama, make a deal that he can tout as a victory, keep meetings short and expectations of his knowledge low.
“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 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.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping may have handled Trump best, giving him a trade plan that Trump could peddle as an accomplishment. Campaign portrayals of China as a currency manipulator and American adversary have largely evaporated since.
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