When Donald Trump was running for the office of president, part of his appeal to some was his lack of political experience, but with over a year and a half in office some sources say that he still hasn't caught on to some of the finer points of the job, and he seems to have a particular problem with numerous details critical to worldwide politics and relations.
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He is also said to have tried to put in a call to Tokyo in the middle of the night there when he wanted to speak to the prime minister of Japan. "That's the whole reason you have a staff to say 'Yes, we'll set it up, ' and then they find a time that makes most sense".
Staffers realized they had their work cut out for them while trying to get Trump up to speed for a 2017 White House meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when the president was confounded by both Nepal and Bhutan's location and pronunciations.
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And having been told his Indian counterpart was estranged from her, Trump reportedly joked 'Ah, I think I can set him up with someone'. "He was like, 'What is this stuff in between and these other countries?'" Several Trump aides told The Washington Post it prohibits sharing any confidential or nonpublic information outside of the White House at any time.
Politico, quoting "two people briefed" on the matter, reported that ahead of PM Modi's June 2017 visit to the US, President Trump held a meeting with his national security aides.
But let's not kid ourselves here; having a basic understanding about world affairs comes in handy, especially when you're the president of the United States. While studying a map of South Asia to prepare for the meeting, he reportedly called Nepal "nipple" and Bhutan "button". He's more impulsive that way. "You don't just call to check in", the former security official said.More news: Priyanka Chopra finally puts a ring on it!
"The president has developed strong relationships and good rapports that are not only friendly, but also allow for candid conversations with many of America's closest allies", Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement.