WASHINGTON (AP) – Marathon Days. Red Eye Flight. Jam-packed agendas. When President Donald Trump travels abroad, he keeps growing fast…
WASHINGTON (AP) – Marathon Days. Red Eye Flight. Jam-packed agendas. When President Donald Trump travels abroad, he keeps growing fast lately.
Trump leaves Thursday for the 20th Argentina summit, where the head of homebody will spend just 48 hours on the ground but pack in eight high-level meetings with foreign leaders.
International summits are taxing events for any leader, but Trump has made its visit even more through design, as the disgusting president seems to minimize his time abroad.
The schedule this week is so tight that a planned meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be a “trilateral” when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi agrees with them halfway.
To relive the routine and preferring their own bed, Trump has largely eschewed marathon trips during the second year of its presidency. It is after some more ambitious world tours during its first year. The shift not only reveals a personal preference for where he rests, but also underscores the increasing isolation of the United States under Trumps “America First” leadership.
Trump earlier this month broke a scheduled stop in Colombia, referring to unspecified scheduling issues, but his public schedule reveals no significant conflicts.
It was hardly the first time that Trump tried to minimize their travels. Earlier this year, Trump scraped a South American trip altogether and cited its need to focus on the Syrian crisis. In June, he left Singapore earlier than expected after a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. A new trip to Paris lasted just one weekend.
For a man who owned a private jet for decades, Trump has always shown a reluctance to sleep in unfamiliar places. He has stayed overnight in real estate as he does not own just a few times since joining his office, and at least one occasion has laced into staff over his accommodation.
Three current and former White House officials said that Trump sometimes expressed frustration about traveling abroad, and they have limited trips to their will. The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Everyone spoke on terms of anonymity to discuss internal issues.
White House aides said that Trump preferred to play the role of the host rather than guest at international level, both of personal preference and of symbolism. Trump relishes show foreign leaders around the White House, deliver tours of the West Wing and Executive Mansion, and continue on the history of the site.
He also enjoys the optics of having global leaders visit their home office – the oval.
Since the office, Trump has made eight foreign trips, four in his first year and four so far this year, not Argentina.
His travels in his first year were more extensive and included two marathon tournaments – one that took him through the Middle East and Europe and one through much of Asia. He visited 13 countries and the West Bank during his first year, compared with seven countries in his second year.
Trump’s trip does not match President Barack Obama’s early efforts, which made 10 trips in his first year. Obama will also return his foreign journey in his second year, with six trips.
Trumps backers emphasize that even with less travels this year he took a big diplomatic challenge with his visit to Singapore to meet North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
In 2018, Trump drew great attention inward and embarked on an ambitious campaign campaign in the middle of the campaign to protect Republican seats in Congress.
Trump has always had an unpleasant relationship with the world stage with offices on an “America First” platform. While his supporters say that Trump was aiming to shake up the world order, he has also criticized him for abandoning the US role as global leader.
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There has been no shortage of drama on Trump’s foreign travels.
In Paris recently for a 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Trump stood apart from allies. He began his visit with a tweet who entered the French president’s call for a European Armed Forces, arrived at events alone and spent much of his trip out of sight in the US ambassador’s home in central Paris.
Earlier this year, Trump encountered a meeting of the seven nations in Canada by agreeing on a group declaration on trade and then abruptly pulling it out while flying to Asia. He complained that he had blindsided by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of his tariff threat at a summit conference. In Tweets, Trump Trudeau insulted as “dishonest” and “weak”.
While Trump has had hard words for Allies during his travels, he has often treated opponents much warmer and offers kind words to Kim, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the Saudi Crown Prince. In a new campaign experience Trump said about Kim: “He wrote me beautiful letters and they are uppercase letters. We fell in love.”