Yo, Angie....you know, for a fat girl you sure don't sweat much*
President Donald Trump has been on a whirlwind tour of the Mideast and Europe all week, wowing them with his unique flair for diplomacy. He began in Saudi Arabia, smiled politely, didn't show them the bottom of his shoes, and even joined in a sword dance without cutting any of his hosts. Good job Mr. President.
Then he flew on to Israel where he met with Benyamin Netanyahu, visited the Wailing Wall, the first sitting President to ever do that, and reassured them that he never mentioned "Israel" as the source of the information he gave the Russians. "So, we're good, right?" Sure, why not.
Next up, the Vatican, where he met with Pope Francis, completing his "Big 3 of Religion" trifecta. It was reported to be a very pleasant meeting, with His Holiness and the Pope exchanging personal gifts. *Umm, wait...maybe I got those...*
Seriously, it truly was a nice gesture by him to visit all three major religious centers in an effort to maybe help bring a little peace to the world. Kudos President Trump. Through all this he pretty much kept to the script his keepers prepared from him and avoided making any newsworthy gaffs. Two thumbs up, sir.
Then he moved on to the NATO meeting in Brussels where he fell off his "good manners" wagon a time or two. He lined up all his fellow NATO leaders and then scolded them publicly for going cheap on their defense spending. He actually made a good point, but might have saved his 20 lashes for behind closed doors, just sayin'. Or better yet, let one of his lackeys make his point for him, with a dash of tact added. (I wrote several years ago that much of the generous social safety net many Europeans enjoy is due to them spending their money on popular social benefits instead of their own defense, passing that responsibility on to NATO.) He left on a pleasant note, however, telling his hosts he thought Belgium was a beautiful city. *How sweet*
So you're the Prime Minister of the newest NATO member, Montenegro? Well, good for you. Now outta my way, boy.
At this writing President Trump is at the G-7 meeting in Taormina, Sicily, and the Twitterverse is still calm. He's supposedly going to bring up the need to review our current trans-Atlantic trade agreements. Fair enough. *Play nice, Mr. President*
All things considered, he seems to behave himself better overseas than he does in Washington. Maybe we should up the limit on his Gubment American Express card and send him off again. Can I get an Amen?
* OK, I made that one up...he never said that. To my knowledge.