While complaining, Mr. Trump gratuitously helped himself to the Belgian chocolates gifted to him by Belgium’s government, “These are the best,” he said.
According to those present at the meeting, Mr. Trump gave the impression that he disliked the European Union because its regulators took awhile to approve his golf resorts.
“Every time we talk about a country, he remembered the things he had done. Scotland? He said he had opened a club. Ireland? He said it took him two and a half years to get a license and that did not give him a very good image of the European Union. One feels that he wants a system where everything can be realized very quickly and without formalities,” said a source who was present at the meetings.
Aside from his love of Belgium’s chocolates, the officials present said that President Trump came off as disinterested, bored and unprepared during discussions with Prime Minister Michel.
“Donald Trump had no idea of the economic weight of Belgium and even less of what the country represents for trade with the United States. Then he was introduced to the thing in a very visual way. But the president only gave vague attention to it.”