Donald Trump recently concluded his first international trip as the U.S. president, and he couldn’t be more proud of its “successful” outcome, it has been alleged.
During the final event of his first foreign trip, President Trump paid a visit to the U.S. troops at Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy, ABC News reports.
The 70-year-old leader extended his gratitude to the men and women who dedicated their lives for the well-being of the U.S. and their countrymen.
In his speech, Trump proudly declared that his trip ended on a positive note, claiming that it was a huge success.
“I think we hit a home run no matter where we are.”
Donald Trump also highlighted the significant development that transpired during his trip, including commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
“Money is actually starting to pour into NATO from countries that would not have been doing what they’re doing now, had I not been elected, I can tell you that,” he revealed. “We are behind NATO all the way. All of us will be more safe and secure if everyone fulfills their obligations, the way they’re supposed to, right?”
In addition, Trump also cited his “productive meeting” during the G7 Summit, where had a dialogue with six world leaders from France, the U.K., Japan, Italy, Germany, and Canada.
“It was a tremendously productive meeting where I strengthened America’s bonds. We have great bonds with other countries. We concluded a historic week for our country.”
The president also shared his optimism about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, revealing that his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem turned out to be positive.
“[Abbas] assured me he’s willing to reach for peace with Israel in good faith, and I believe he will, and Israeli [Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, he assured me that he’s ready to reach for peace. He’s a friend of mine and he means it.”
However, despite Donald Trump’s claims that his first official foreign trip as president was a success, some were not convinced, particularly based on his body language.
In a recent report by the Independent, presidential historian Julian Zelizer of Princeton dished on his observation about Trump’s gestures that could possibly oppose his claims of a successful international trip.
As cited by the news outlet, Zelizer pointed out how Donald Trump appeared “uncomfortable and isolated” during his meetings with the world leaders.
“Throughout the trip, he looked uncomfortable and isolated, others looked surprised or distant. The looks capture how much of the international community is dealing with the unorthodox president who has done little to show he cares about the role of the U.S. overseas.”
The report also mentioned what seemed to be a cool reception of NATO leaders during Trump’s speech in the event. It was noted that the world leaders “stood by with stone faces” as the president “lectured” them about their contribution to improving defense.
By the looks of it, the members of the alliance appeared displeased by Trump’s blunt way of calling out other countries for allegedly not paying their fair share. The report also noted that during the speech, heads were “not bobbing,” an indication that the members might be dissatisfied with his words.
The cold treatment continued even after the outdoor NATO ceremony ended, it has been alleged. According to reports, as the world leaders headed to their next event, most of them were chatting and mingling with each other while Trump walked alone.
The same report also pointed out the controversial NATO group shot where Donald Trump shoved Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic to get to the front and center of the group.
Prior to that, Trump’s awkward body language was also evident during his visit to Pope Francis. Many were quick to notice the “straight-faced greeting” from the pontiff. In fact, several images of Trump posing alongside his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, and Pope Francis instantly became viral for its “gloomy vibe.”
Another display of Trump’s awkward body language was his infamous handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron. According to reports, the meeting can be compared to two alpha males presenting themselves as equals. The Washington Post described it as follows.
“They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other’s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.”
Aside from world leaders, Donald Trump also showcased intriguing body language with his wife, Melania. During their eight-day trip, the president was criticized after the first lady appeared to avoid showing him affection.
During their trip to Israel, Melania was caught swatting Donald’s hand away when he tried to reach for her hand. The next day, Melania reportedly avoided holding hands with her husband again by brushing her hair aside.
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