You might remember when you were young and playing outside with your best friend. And your mom said, “It’s time for supper, come on in. It’s getting dark.”
But you didn’t want to come in. You wanted to stay outside and keep playing.
Well, here we have Donald Trump and best friend Vladimir Putin having the time of their lives at the G20 in Hamburg. There too were Russian Order of Friendship award winner Rex Tillerson and previous Oval Office playmate Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Seems the only time our president is in fine animal spirits is when he’s surrounded by Russians. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reported that Trump and Putin “connected very quickly. There was a very clear positive chemistry between the two.” And Trump’s jovial grin was so wide in the Oval Office in May with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Kislyak even the redoubtable Maxine Waters couldn’t have wiped it off.
At the G20 on Friday the merriment was high and higher as Pooty and Donnie and Rex and Sergei confabbed on and on. Even Melania, possibly in a Congress-defying sleeveless outfit, couldn’t convince the boys to stop playing. Trump’s playdate with the Russians lasted over two hours and would have lasted longer if lunch (cheeseburgers with a secret borscht sauce?) hadn’t beckoned.
Trump is rather dour, in contrast, when forced to be with the traditional leaders of the free world.
Maybe because, according to Edward Luce of the Financial Times, Germany’s Angela Merkel has replaced Trump as the leader of the the West. But Trump doesn’t seem to mind. The fun is really to be found further east.