WASHINGTON, May 27, 2017 ⏤ Americans have a growing awareness of and appreciation for First Lady Melania Trump’s quiet diplomacy. She often conducts it with children, with the setting in schools and hospitals.
President Trump, on the other hand, is viewed as big, loud and brash.
We have learned some new things about both POTUS and FLOTUS on their first world trip. We learned that Trump is not afraid to tell other world leaders exactly what he thinks, after he told the NATO and G7 Summit leaders its time to step up and be accountable.
If anyone thought Trump would be cowed by his status as the new world leader, they were wrong. He is out there saying, “I represent America, and in my world, America is first” at every opportunity.
Trump took some hits in the media when Melania refused to hold his hand, but there are plenty of images of the couple standing and walking together, hand in hand. Then there was the “shove” of Dusko Markovic, the leader of Montenegro, a Balkan nation of 600,000, represented at its first summit meeting as a NATO member after a nine-year accession process.
As NATO leaders strolled toward a group photo in Brussels Trump reached out his right arm and moved Markovic out his way. The media presented this as disrespectful, shaming the president for shoving his way to a first-row position for the NATO “family photo.”
The mainstream media are wrong again. The positions of the NATO leaders in the photo are predetermined; Trump was not trying to get a better position.
He may have been hurrying to get into place for the photo⏤video shows it was a quick process; two or three fast shots it was over⏤and was heading for the position reserved for him where he was told to go.
Markovic’s response to the jostle was very diplomatic. “This was an inoffensive situation,” he said. “I do not see it in any other way. But, when journalists are differently commenting this scene, I want to tell you that it is natural for the president of the United States to be in the first row.”
That is because NATO recognizes Donald Trump as the President of the United States, even as Democrats and leftists are busy hanging resist signs.
French President Macron told reporters that “I saw a leader with strong opinions on a number of subjects, which I share in part—the fight against terrorism, the willingness to keep our place in the family of nations—and with whom I have disagreements that we spoke about very calmly. I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work.”
Macron’s acceptance of President Trump, echoed by other leaders, is a far cry from President Obama being snubbed by many of these same leaders at the G20 Summit or by the Chinese in September 2016:
“The reception that President Obama and his staff got when they arrived here Saturday afternoon was bruising, even by Chinese standards,” the New York Times reported.
There was a contrast between in the ways Presidents Obama and Trump were greeted on their arrival in Saudi Arabia. Trump was not met by Saudi royalty at the airport, an honor bestowed on President Trump.
Behind the scenes is where we see the president and first lady really shine. Mrs. Trump is joyous in pictures of her meeting with Pope Francis. Official reports are that she asked the Pope to bless her personal rosary, making her declaration of being a Catholic, despite worshiping at the Presbyterian Bethesda by the Sea.
The criticism of Mrs. Trump’s faith is present, with persons questioning if she is a practicing and confirmed member of the faith. Mrs. Trump was raised in Slovenia, a formerly communist and atheist country that did not allow expressions of faith. She is the first Catholic first lady since Jackie Kennedy, and Mrs. Trump is often compared to Mrs. Kennedy for her grace and style.
Mrs. Trump has been a constant presence in places children go to learn (schools) and heal (hospitals). Her dedication to her own son, Barron, reaches beyond her family to all children.
Yeshiva World reports that President and First Lady Trump visited Rachashei Lev, a support center for pediatric cancer patients. One young patient, 14-year old Emilee Imbar wanted to meet the President, expressing her hopes that one day they could work together, possibly with a goal toward peace.
Miss Ibar has been battling cancer for the last seven years, and when President Trump learned of her request, he found the time in a very busy schedule to meet with her. It is reported that they talked about her health and wellness, and he answered her questions about the responsibilities of being the leader of America.
Shimi Geshayed, Director of Rachashei Lev (pictured left)and Prime Minister Benjamen Natanyahu were able to facilitate a meeting between Emilee and Trump that the media may ignore, but that neither POTUS, FLOTUS nor Ibar will ever forget.
With the charm of children, Emilee blessed and thanked President Trump, giving her letter, her wish to make an impact, to the president.
According to those that were there, President Trump was visibly moved by Emilee and wished her good health and a speedy recovery.