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State Official: Trump Like 'Drunk Tourist' During Trip

| by Jordan Smith

An anonymous U.S. official has expressed sharp criticism of President Donald Trump's performance during his first foreign trip, which included meetings with European allies at summits of NATO and the G7 last week.

The Daily Beast reported that Trump's positive view of the trip clashed with how some of his aides interpreted it.

"When it comes to diplomacy, President Trump is a drunk tourist," a State Department official said, according to the Daily Beast. "Loud and tacky, shoving his way around the dance floor. He steps on others without realizing it. It's ineffectual."

The official described Trump's refusal to confirm U.S. support for the Paris Agreement on climate change as a sign of "arrogance." Every other member state at the G7 backed the deal, leaving Washington isolated.

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Trump told other leaders that he needed more time to consider his position on the agreement and promised to make his conclusion known "next week."

"One hundred and ninety-five nations never agree on anything, so when they do, accepting the measure should be easy," the official added. "The United States needs to be out front on this pact."

Trump's reading of last week's meetings was quite different.

"Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!" he tweeted on his return to Washington.

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Reaction to Trump in Europe was cool. French President Emmanuel Macron engaged in a hard handshake with Trump, which Macron afterwards described as "not innocent," according to AOL.

Another incident occurred when Trump pushed aside the Prime Minister of Montenegro to stand at the front of a group of NATO leaders.

Macron stated that Trump's actions represented the "diplomacy of public invective" and vowed not to be intimidated.

"In my bilateral dialogues, I don't let anything pass -- that is how we are respected," he added, according to the Beast.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated on May 28 that Europe could no longer "completely depend" on its alliances with Britain and the U.S. Although she said she wished to maintain friendly relations with the U.S., she added that Europe had to "fight for its own destiny," according to the BBC.

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel said.

As well as Trump's refusal to commit to the Paris Agreement, Merkel and others also noted his failure to affirm U.S. support for NATO's Article 5. According to Article 5, every member state is obliged to assist a NATO member if it comes under attack.

Sources: Daily Beast, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, AOL, BBC / Photo credit: The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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