Saturday, July 8, 2017
Some People Will Do Anything To Be Near Trump
When the leaders of the nations represented at the G20 summit gathered for their “family photo,” a strict protocol governed who would stand where. Longest-serving world leaders got to be in the center of the picture, as did the leader hosting the summit, while those new to the picture, such as President Donald Trump, were on the side on in the back.
When the summit participants gathered Friday, Trump obediently stood at the far edge of the front row. All the way on the other side of the group of world leaders and in the back row was French President Emmanuel Macron, who, as a recently elected leader, was also relegated to a spot far from center.
However, Macron showed that Trump is not the only world leader to whom protocol and precedent are nothing when they conflict with presidential wishes.
As documented by a video and a series of pictures in The Telegraph, Macron decided he wanted to be next to Trump when the group photo was taken.
Shaking hands with and smiling at world leaders, Macron worked his way through the orderly arrangement.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who as the leader of host country Germany was standing in the center of the front row, tried to get Macron’s attention, but the French leader was not to be denied.
Upon reaching Trump, Macron — who had dueled Trump in a test of bone-crushing handshakes when they first met — embraced Trump, who could not restrain a smile at his fellow leader’s impudent tactics.
Macron then straightened his tie, assumed his new post on Trump’s right and posed for the photos.
Afterwards, Macron remained behind talking with Trump. It was unclear what the two leaders were discussing.
Macron will be seeing more of Trump soon. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be making a trip to Paris on Bastille Day for a parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.
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