TRUMP

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pres­i­den­tial he­li­copter. The pres­i­dent was crit­i­cized for not find­ing a way to get to the ceme­tery, which is about a two-hour drive east of Paris, where Amer­i­cans killed in World War I are buried. The White House sent a del­e­ga­tion that in­cluded chief of staff John Kelly in his place.

The dustup over Euro­pean se­cu­rity, which threat­ened to di­vert at­ten­tion from the week­end’s somber re­mem­brance cer­e­monies, was just the lat­est ex­am­ple of fall­out from Trump’s un­pre­dictable brand of Twit­teras­sisted diplo­macy.

His frac­tious, desta­bi­liz­ing re­la­tion­ship with Europe has driven a wedge be­tween the U.S. and some of its old­est al­lies on is­sues in­clud­ing trade, de­fense spend­ing and his seem­ing def­er­ence to their loom­ing neigh­bor to the east, Rus­sia’s Vladimir Putin. It also un­der­scored the hot-and-cold re­la­tion­ship that Trump has had with Macron, who has in­creas­ingly branded him­self as a bul­wark against the ris­ing tide of Trump­style na­tion­al­ism across Europe.

The brouhaha be­gan Fri­day night, when Trump unleashed an an­gry Twit­ter jab at his host just as Air Force One touched down in Paris.

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