State Department Official Says Trump Acted like a “Drunk Tourist” in Europe

President Donald Trump just completed his first foreign trip and the verdict is decidedly mixed as to how well he fared in Europe. For his part, Trump is saying his entire visit to the Middle East and Europe was a “home run.” Not everyone is so convinced.

An official with the State Department told the Daily Beast that the president behaved like a “drunk tourist.” The official continued to say, “When it comes to diplomacy, President Trump is a drunk tourist.Loud and tacky, shoving his way around the dance floor. He steps on others without realizing it. It’s ineffectual.”

Trump’s problems started in Vatican City when he met with Pope Francis. The Pope and Trump have clashed before. Last year the Pontiff questioned Trump’s faith and said that anyone who pushes building walls rather than bridges is “not Christian.” Trump blasted back and slammed the Pope for questioning his faith. From a comment Francis made to First Lady Melania Trump about the president’s weight to the meeting itself, where the Pope asked Trump to rethink his stance on climate change, the meetings were fraught with tension.

That tension continued when Trump arrived at the G7 meetings. First, he pushed the prime minister of Montenegro out of the way so he could be at the front of the photo of the world leaders:

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After that, Trump declined to commit the United States to the full NATO treaty. Article 5 stipulates that an attack against any NATO company is the same as an attack on all. This is one of the cornerstones of the agreement. Next, he slammed NATO countries for not paying enough and declined to commit the United States to the Paris Agreement on climate change. Trump’s attitude toward Russia (he has yet to criticize the country for its actions in the region), climate change and the defense of other NATO countries has effectively ceded the role of “Leader of the Free World” to Germany’s Angela Merkel. When she addressed a crowd in Munich, she admitted that they could no longer rely on the United States or Britain.
The State Department official remains optimistic about Trump’s position on foreign policy, despite his missteps in Europe this week and his insistence on supporting autocrats around the world. They said, “we continue to hope for the best.”

Featured image via Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images.