Don­ald Trump is re­luc­tant trav­eller

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

When Don­ald Trump sits down for din­ner in Saudi Ara­bia, cater­ers have en­sured that his favourite meal – steak with a side of ketchup – will be of­fered along­side the tra­di­tional local cui­sine.

At Nato and the G7 sum­mits, del­e­ga­tions have re­ceived word that the new US pres­i­dent prefers short pre­sen­ta­tions and plenty of vis­ual aids, and at all of the five stops on his first over­seas trip, his team has spent weeks try­ing to build daily down­time into his sched­ule.

It is all part of a world­wide ef­fort to ac­com­mo­date Amer­ica’s home­body pres­i­dent on a voy­age with in­creas­ingly raised stakes, given the bal­loon­ing con­tro­versy in­volv­ing his cam­paign’s pos­si­ble ties to Rus­sia.

For a for­mer in­ter­na­tional busi­ness­man, Mr Trump sim­ply does not have an affin­ity for much in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­ity.

Even be­fore his trip mor­phed from a quick jaunt to Europe into a nine-day be­he­moth, White House aides were on edge about how the pres­i­dent would take to the gru­elling pres­sures of for­eign travel, such as time zone changes and the local del­i­ca­cies.

Two of­fi­cials said they feared that a dif­fi­cult trip might even lead the pres­i­dent to hand over fu­ture trav­el­ling du­ties to vice pres­i­dent Mike Pence.

Mr Trump’s fi­nal itin­er­ary hardly eases him into the del­i­cate world of in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy on for­eign soil. Af­ter de­part­ing on Fri­day on an overnight flight on Air Force One, he will hop­scotch from Saudi Ara­bia to Is­rael to the Vat­i­can. He will close his trip with a pair of sum­mits in Brus­sels and Si­cily.

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