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Trump joked he could play `matchmaker` for PM Modi, claims foreign

Trump joked he could play `matchmaker` for PM Modi, claims foreign”

In a continuation of his entanglement of private business and public office, President Donald Trump offers his staffers discounts at the pro shop at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course when they show their Secret Service pins, according to a Monday Politico report.

Several times in the first year of his administration, President Donald Trump wanted to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the middle of the afternoon.

Sanders said that Trump has "even worked the phone with our competitors" and that "foreign leaders appreciate that the president is willing to take their calls day and night". He would want to call world leaders at all hours and not remember, understand, or care that it might have been the middle of the night for that person.

The report, citing persons close to Trump, also described Trump's advisors struggle when the President would decide to call a world leader during afternoon USA time - irrespective of the time in the other country, such as in the case of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe who would be asleep around midnight in the eastern country.

The National Security Council is forced to tell the president that he can not immediately speak to worldwide powers at times due to the fact that they might be asleep, several current and former aides told Politico.

"'We are from India'", said Trump, impersonating the response.

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. He's more impulsive that way.

White House officials and other defenders of Trump insist that he is well-aware of how time zones work and that his ignorance on foreign affairs is simply another means of getting the job done.

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. "He was like, 'What is this stuff in between and these other countries?'"

Lastly, Levin said that Trump didn't realize that world leaders don't call each other just to chat.

"I don't think he sees those as faux pas; I think he sees them as, 'Look, I do things differently, '" Heritage Foundation's James Carafano explained.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Politico that Trump has developed "strong relationships" with "America's closest allies", which allow for "candid conversations".



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