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Brussels - No Shove, But Trump Body Language Speaks To Frosty Relations

Published on: July 11, 2018 01:32 PM
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President Donald Trump, center, stops to talk with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, as they attend a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/pool)President Donald Trump, center, stops to talk with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, as they attend a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/pool)

Brussels - He didn’t shove anyone this time, but President Donald Trump’s body language during NATO events Wednesday suggested his relationships with key U.S. allies aren’t exactly buddy-buddy.

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Trump started the day with a tense breakfast meeting with Jens Stoltenberg in which he lectured the NATO leader about member defense spending and complained about a German pipeline deal with Russia. Arms crossed over his chest, Trump gestured at Stoltenberg and repeatedly interrupted the secretary-general as he argued his case.

Their subsequent encounters at NATO headquarters were formal and less strained as they twice shook hands and chatted in front of journalists. But those moments were more perfunctory than Stoltenberg’s chattier introductions with other leaders, many of whom Stoltenberg was seeing for the first time that day after he had spent part of the morning hosting Trump.

World leader summits are largely about optics and presenting a united front to the rest of the world. But Trump barreled into his second NATO summit, as he did his first, and with a litany of public complaints about alliance members’ “delinquent” defense spending, as well as a German-Russian gas pipeline deal.

Showing unity seemed an afterthought for the “America First” president. And it showed.

During moments that were visible to the press, Trump often separated himself from most of his counterparts, particularly those with whom he has had public disagreements, such as British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada’s Justin Trudeau.

When the leaders strolled out of the gleaming NATO building in Brussels for the traditional family photo in the courtyard, Trump lingered behind and mostly spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

On the dais, he and May chatted as they stood together, but Trump kept his back toward other leaders, including Merkel.

After the group moved inside for talks, Trump again hung back as other heads of state glad-handed around the room. He stayed close to members of his delegation, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, before eventually engaging in a brief round of back-slapping with others, including again May, before taking his seat.

Trump has harshly criticized May, Merkel and Trudeau since taking office and opened Wednesday with another broadside against Merkel, asserting that her country is “totally controlled” and “captive” to Russia as he objected to a deal to bring Russian natural gas directly to Germany.

Merkel pushed back, insisting that Germany makes its own decisions. When the two met later Wednesday, Trump told reporters: “We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor.” The comment illustrated how Trump often seeks to avoid conflict with people when he is face to face with them versus the often-harsher rhetoric he uses when he’s talking behind their back. Merkel was not present at Trump’s breakfast with Stoltenberg.

When it was her turn to address reporters in the room for the meeting with Trump, Merkel made no similar declaration about her relationship with Trump.

The two barely looked at each other during the few minutes journalists were allowed in the room. That was in stark contrast to Trump’s subsequent meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. The Frenchman is one of Trump’s closest friends on the world stage despite their many areas of disagreement, including Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord, and to impose tariffs on France and other European countries.

Trump and Macron bantered easily during their joint photo op, with Trump calling it “an honor to be with a friend of mine.” The two also chatted each other up as Macron walked Trump out of the NATO building at the end of the day.

At last year’s NATO summit, tongues wagged after Trump appeared to shove Prime Minister Dusko Markovic of Montenegro to get to the front of the group as leaders entered the alliance’s new headquarters building. Markovic later characterized the incident as “a completely harmless event.”



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 Jul 11, 2018 at 02:06 PM hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 02:51 PM Frish Says:

Finally a president that represents the real America !!!
Not the appeaser , hater, underminer Hussian Obumer

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:05 PM Hashitmer Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

Boohoo, I have trump derangement syndrome! Help me, I’m obsessed with agent orange! Can’t think about or do anything else....Trumpf and his alt right yidden, I can’t stop! Help! Arrrrrggggghhhhh!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:07 PM Trumpf, agent orange, trump derangement syndrome Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

I challenge you to make a coherent and rational comment without the use of defamatory language against THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.... 1, 2, 3, go!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:08 PM Vvvvv Says:

Reply to #2  
Frish Says:

Finally a president that represents the real America !!!
Not the appeaser , hater, underminer Hussian Obumer

Amen to that! I’m so proud at how he is standing up to the nations who take advantage of us and learned to disrespect is, especially under obama y’s, and are now learning to fear and respect once again! Gd bless Pres Trump, greatest president in US history!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:11 PM Go Trump! Says:

Reply to #2  
Frish Says:

Finally a president that represents the real America !!!
Not the appeaser , hater, underminer Hussian Obumer

The Sect General of NATO has agreed with Trump, said that in the past year, countries have started paying more of their fair share...Trump asked him why IN THE PAST YEAR, the Sect Gen. responded, “Because of your leadership!” How any American could be dishonest enough to cortisone this president is beyond me, only explanation is they’re very low IQ, or traitors to America (the definition of a liberal)!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

Libtard.

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

You are suffering from terminal TDS. The President used his tough bargaining skills to get exactly what he wanted: a higher financial commitment by our NATO partners to NATO.

Stop screaming your lies, distortions, and defamation of the President. You don't know what you're talking about.

RESIST HASHOMER NOW!!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:29 PM IJK12 Says:

Reply to #5  
Vvvvv Says:

Amen to that! I’m so proud at how he is standing up to the nations who take advantage of us and learned to disrespect is, especially under obama y’s, and are now learning to fear and respect once again! Gd bless Pres Trump, greatest president in US history!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:50 PM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Can someone explain to me how Trump Derangement Syndrome (not to mention Bush Derangement Syndrome) differs from the reactions that so many Republicans and Conservatives (including quite a few on this list) had to the Obama and Clinton presidencies?

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:51 PM IJK12 Says:

Reply to #5  
Vvvvv Says:

Amen to that! I’m so proud at how he is standing up to the nations who take advantage of us and learned to disrespect is, especially under obama y’s, and are now learning to fear and respect once again! Gd bless Pres Trump, greatest president in US history!

Bravo!!!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 03:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

Woe!!!!! Watch ur language if ur a Jew!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 04:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Trumpf, agent orange, trump derangement syndrome Says:

I challenge you to make a coherent and rational comment without the use of defamatory language against THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.... 1, 2, 3, go!

why? why can't we use defamatory language against the Putz. He has nicknames for everyone, he denigrates everyone - we should be looking up to a president.
this one is a first class Putz - and we should just stand by?
not I, nor should you

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 04:53 PM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

By way of reply to nos. 1 and 14, we shouldn't use defamatory language against the President because we don't want to bring ourselves down to his level. We can point out his bad behavior and attack him quite effectively without resorting to language like "Death to Democracy Donnie" "rasha" and "Gestapo."

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 05:01 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #11  
Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Can someone explain to me how Trump Derangement Syndrome (not to mention Bush Derangement Syndrome) differs from the reactions that so many Republicans and Conservatives (including quite a few on this list) had to the Obama and Clinton presidencies?

Sure.

For starters under both Obama and Clinton those that work for the president were never personally attacked while at a restaurant . They were never scrutinized as crazily as for example Pruitt was for one first class ticket purchase. of course there was animosity and under Clinton I'd agree overly excessive prosecutions for his Monica thing. But it was never on such a large scale. And it was never at anyone but the POTUS. They never attacked you just because you work for the president. This is a new low

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 05:05 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

why? why can't we use defamatory language against the Putz. He has nicknames for everyone, he denigrates everyone - we should be looking up to a president.
this one is a first class Putz - and we should just stand by?
not I, nor should you

1) You are a jew he is not. A jew doesn't use defamatory language
2) Trump has been exceptionally good for frum jews and Israel. That's fact not an opinon and its not debatable unless you buy into fake news and lies . You can hate him for his coarse denigrate altitude, you can hate him for his lack of morals and modesty. That's fair game. But don't you dear lie about how is good to frum jews.
That all being said we owe hakars hatov and should not defame him.

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 08:09 PM Anonymous Says:

To No. 14- Didn't your Mother teach you any manners, especially about using foul language on this site? It is too bad that she didn't wash you mouth out with soap, when you were younger!

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 08:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

Speak for yourself, shoitah. Your rhetoric is completely irrelevant and pretty stupid.

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 09:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Trumpf, agent orange, trump derangement syndrome Says:

I challenge you to make a coherent and rational comment without the use of defamatory language against THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.... 1, 2, 3, go!

Considering who he is and what he's said and done in the last50 years, that's quite a challenge.

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 Jul 11, 2018 at 11:39 PM Esther Says:

Reply to #11  
Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Can someone explain to me how Trump Derangement Syndrome (not to mention Bush Derangement Syndrome) differs from the reactions that so many Republicans and Conservatives (including quite a few on this list) had to the Obama and Clinton presidencies?

We never said not my president ,advocated violence against these men or harassing them and their followers. And what did Clinton or Obama accomplish anyway?

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 12:12 AM lazy-boy Says:

If Trump is not a great statesman and presents himself in a possitive manner like Obama (the biggest antisemite in the WH) at least he tells it like it is and how it should be.

Truth, were as not a integral part of politics, is part of life.

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 12:36 AM mgold Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

'Death to Democracy Donnie' continues to not impress as the Ape that he is. So his dumb base and alt-yidden love his carnival act. No one else does, as America's standing in the world goes down every day with this rasha. And at home 3000 kids are separated from their families by segregationist Secessions and Gestapo ICE. RESIST THE RASHA NOW...

# 1
Take your meds please.
I have news for you
A) America's standing in the world is climbing daily, as the world realizes that America I GA & won't let herself be bullied
2) seperating kids from parents were initiated by you idol Obama, the photos of kids in cages, are from Obama's year's
Learn to seperate fact from fiction
Our preident is on the target to MAGA

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 10:37 AM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Reply to #16  
Educated Archy Says:

Sure.

For starters under both Obama and Clinton those that work for the president were never personally attacked while at a restaurant . They were never scrutinized as crazily as for example Pruitt was for one first class ticket purchase. of course there was animosity and under Clinton I'd agree overly excessive prosecutions for his Monica thing. But it was never on such a large scale. And it was never at anyone but the POTUS. They never attacked you just because you work for the president. This is a new low

" They were never scrutinized as crazily as for example Pruitt was for one first class ticket purchase" There was a lot more to Pruitt than one first class ticket purchase. Pruitt was attacked for any number of inappropriate acts. And I remember a much larger scale of attacks against Clinton and Obama. I remember Senate Republican leader Bob Dole saying on election night of 1992 that he was going to work for all those who voted against Bill Clinton, rather than offer to cooperate with the President where he could agree with him on what was good for the country. And by the way, he made good on his word. For the first time in history, a political party in the Senate blocked everything, and I mean everything they could to stop the President.

Either you're too young to remember, or you memory is selective.

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 10:40 AM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Reply to #21  
Esther Says:

We never said not my president ,advocated violence against these men or harassing them and their followers. And what did Clinton or Obama accomplish anyway?

I remember plenty of talk about Clinton being a minority president in his first term. I also remember Republican politicians such as the speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives urging people to say Psalm 109 for President Obama (may his wife be a widow and his children orphans.) As for harassment, it was the Tea Party who invented harassment at town meetings.

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 11:10 AM takeittothem Says:

Reply to #17  
Educated Archy Says:

1) You are a jew he is not. A jew doesn't use defamatory language
2) Trump has been exceptionally good for frum jews and Israel. That's fact not an opinon and its not debatable unless you buy into fake news and lies . You can hate him for his coarse denigrate altitude, you can hate him for his lack of morals and modesty. That's fair game. But don't you dear lie about how is good to frum jews.
That all being said we owe hakars hatov and should not defame him.

you never know when that putz will turn on jews. anyone who just looks askance as him, is verbally destroyed by him. what would happen if Netanyahu says something he wont like. heaven help us all. and if ivanka ever gets a divorce, och n' vey to us all. a putz like that, who can turn on a dime, is not to be trusted.
also,
you belong to a cult that is truly avodah zorah.
also,

the jews here who use defamatory language against a president who provided Israel a full 8 years with every weapon requested, is that ok? never saw you castigate them. phony.

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 11:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Esther Says:

We never said not my president ,advocated violence against these men or harassing them and their followers. And what did Clinton or Obama accomplish anyway?

that's the problem with ex-president haters. you don't know that when Obama came into office, we were on the verge of another Great Depression? Google it. you don't know that unemployment was at 10% when he took office, and 4% eight years later? google it. and so on. better yet, go back to school, if you ever went there, and study American history, before you blabber on this site

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 11:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Educated Archy Says:

1) You are a jew he is not. A jew doesn't use defamatory language
2) Trump has been exceptionally good for frum jews and Israel. That's fact not an opinon and its not debatable unless you buy into fake news and lies . You can hate him for his coarse denigrate altitude, you can hate him for his lack of morals and modesty. That's fair game. But don't you dear lie about how is good to frum jews.
That all being said we owe hakars hatov and should not defame him.

but no hakaros hatov to Obama who provided Israel with weapons for 8 years, and ok for people on this blog to defame him?
hypocrite comes to mind

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 01:13 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #25  
Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

I remember plenty of talk about Clinton being a minority president in his first term. I also remember Republican politicians such as the speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives urging people to say Psalm 109 for President Obama (may his wife be a widow and his children orphans.) As for harassment, it was the Tea Party who invented harassment at town meetings.

Again with your fake news twsiting. Harassment at a political event is fair game. Harassment when one is privately dinning is a chtupza and wrong. Very very different my friend.

In a similar fashion LGBT events are different than a person who happens to be LGBT patrinozing your store.

Got it tricky yoni??? Its very simple. But Tricky yoni is a trickster who loves to spin lies and half truths

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 01:17 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #26  
takeittothem Says:

you never know when that putz will turn on jews. anyone who just looks askance as him, is verbally destroyed by him. what would happen if Netanyahu says something he wont like. heaven help us all. and if ivanka ever gets a divorce, och n' vey to us all. a putz like that, who can turn on a dime, is not to be trusted.
also,
you belong to a cult that is truly avodah zorah.
also,

the jews here who use defamatory language against a president who provided Israel a full 8 years with every weapon requested, is that ok? never saw you castigate them. phony.

the "you never know " argument is a weak one. So far we have no indication of such a move. And the big if that Jared and ivaka divorce. That's a crazy if. Why would I think they would get divorced. They seem to be a happy family.

I belong to a cult?? really?? I think you belong to a naive anti trump cult.

FYI, I criticized people who called Obama an anti semite. Go reread my comments you liar. I have always stated that I disagree with Obama's liberal views and think he was naive but I don't think he intended to ever harm israel even with the very bad Iran deal. No cult buddy. You are the cult.

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 02:13 PM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Reply to #29  
Educated Archy Says:

Again with your fake news twsiting. Harassment at a political event is fair game. Harassment when one is privately dinning is a chtupza and wrong. Very very different my friend.

In a similar fashion LGBT events are different than a person who happens to be LGBT patrinozing your store.

Got it tricky yoni??? Its very simple. But Tricky yoni is a trickster who loves to spin lies and half truths

Harassment is harassment. It's not give and take, it's not asking questions and waiting for the answer before shouting the speaker down. And my name is not Yoni. It's Levi or Lawrence, depending on which language you prefer to use. And I only post under my own name, unless I forget to key it, in which case I come out as anonymous. However, that is extremely rare.

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 Jul 12, 2018 at 06:01 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #31  
Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Harassment is harassment. It's not give and take, it's not asking questions and waiting for the answer before shouting the speaker down. And my name is not Yoni. It's Levi or Lawrence, depending on which language you prefer to use. And I only post under my own name, unless I forget to key it, in which case I come out as anonymous. However, that is extremely rare.

Its not nearly the same level of harassment when people are conducting their private lives vs a public town hall. Completely different.

Yonasonw is not yoni or yonason either. Its a pesudoname.

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