A “subdued” President Donald Trump left the G20 summit in Argentina Saturday after having laid low, reports the Washington Post.
“President Trump managed to spend two days in the company of world leaders he has long antagonized without any visible eruptions,” the report reads.
Examples include his relatively warm embrace of nemesis German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his avoidance of any conflict with the leaders of France and Canada.
“A president who prides himself on being the ultimate disrupter on the global stage instead played the part of reluctant diplomat here in Argentina, at the risk of making himself something of a non-factor,” the report read.
Analysts said it was imperative that the wounded president with historically low approval rating who just lost control of Congress had to “make concessions to reality.”
“The president has been uncharacteristically but appropriately subdued,” said James Dobbins, a former assistant secretary of state and senior fellow at the Rand Corporation. “Nice photo op with his NAFTA 2 partners, warm and respectful farewell to the first President Bush, cold shoulder to the two rogue attendees, Putin and MBS, and positive build up to his meeting with Xi. So far he has navigated a difficult and unfortunately timed gathering without mishap.”
Read the report here.