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New Yorker, Why Is Emmanuel Macron Being So Nice to Donald Trump?
There has never been a more opportune moment for that than now, with America so clearly in decline in the eyes of the rest of the world, and Trump more isolated every day. Macron seems to believe that he has detected in Trump the same vulnerability that Obama thought he had: an absence of any beliefs or ideology, and a persona that turns on a desperate desire to be liked. Anyone who flatters Trump and treats him respectfully gets his good opinion and coöperation in return. (Canada’s Justin Trudeau is playing this card, too.) Since Trump seems to view life as a series of small brutal ballets of dominance—exemplified in comic form by his ongoing struggle with Macron for the superior handshake—Macron seems to imagine that he can be easily manipulated to France’s benefit.
This seems to be the tactics of some world leaders, at least for now. But as the author notes, "Narcissists can be manipulated for a moment, but they can’t be managed. Even as they watch a parade, they manage to make themselves miserable—their memory for slights felt is far greater than their memory for sights seen."
Trump will be miserable for the rest of his presidency, even as world leaders strive to honor him for the sake of getting what they want from him. In his quest for world adulation may, he may find that the world admires Melania far more than him. Melania, who is multilingual seems more relaxed and politically astute in the European arena than Trump.