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Trump shoves Montenegro president at NATO summit

The president takes one step forward, several steps back, when moving to the front of the group of world leaders.
Trump Shoves Montenegro President
Photo: Twitter / SteveKopack

Critics of President Trump say that, given his inexperience and propensity for outlandish speech and behavior, he is being graded "on a massive curve" on his first foreign trip. "The Trump brand of diplomacy has some analysts worried that the nine-day tour of allies in the Mideast and Europe might only make his troubles worse," wrote the Washington Post before the trip began.  

Although the final report card is a week away, the president has shown signs he's operating even outside that generous parabola, divulging sensitive Israeli intelligence information, insulting Saudi Arabian leaders, forgetting that Israel is part of the Middle East and making a GIF-friendly spectacle of his seemingly unhappy marriage.

Today, that menu expanded to include physical violence against another head of state. Video taken at the first day of the NATO summit appears to show Trump shoving the president of Montenegro out of his way to assume a position in front of a group of politicians.

 

Montenegro's Dusko Markovic, who was at the summit for the first time, reached to pat Trump on the back, but Trump moved forward without acknowledging him, then visibly sniffed and looked Markovic up and down.

Such primal behavior from the leader of the country that Ronald Reagan once described as "a shining city on a hill" drew a picture from the inside of a dim locker room, social media posters said.

 

 

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling was moved to take time out from her writings about extreme villainy to comment.

 

When asked about the shove, White House press secretary Sean Spicer — who is more frequently substituting obliviousness for the non-denial denial — said, "I haven't seen the video."

As a candidate, Trump showed opposition to NATO, if not going quite this far, calling it "obsolete." After taking office, he said, "NATO is no longer obsolete."

But today, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO indicated that the content of Trump's remarks to the alliance was not exactly supportive.

 
 
 
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