Foreign Leaders Told To Praise Trump And Keep The Conversation Short: Report
As president Donald Trump takes his first overseas trip since taking office, foreign officials meeting Trump are being told to praise him for winning the presidential election last year, the New York Times reported Friday.
According to the report, embassies and leaders have been speaking among themselves and with other dignitaries, trying to figure out the best way to approach a mercurial, strong-willed leader with no real experience on the world stage, a preference for personal diplomacy and a taste for glitz. For them, it is a time of experimentation.
From those conversations, a number of themes have emerged, the Times said. Among them:
– Compliment Trump on his election win, and compare him favorably to former President Obama.
– Don’t expect him to know your country’s history or hot-button issues.
– Make a short presentation tailored to his attention span, and don’t try to bring up a long list of issues.
“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 U.S., told the Times.
“Secondly, he is a deal maker, a pragmatist. Third, this is a guy with a limited attention span. He absolutely won’t listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter.”
Trump’s first foreign trip as president includes a visit to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican, according to the NY Times.