Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, told a television station on Wednesday that while the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore was “an undoubted step forward,” he was concerned about the erratic nature of U.S. foreign policy.
“In the space of just a day you see President Trump attacking Mr. Trudeau, who is a historic ally, and you see President Trump breaking with his collective allies after the G-7 meeting in Quebec, and the next day practically hugged a dictator born into a communist dictatorship, which just a few days ago he said he was completely opposed to,” Le Drian said, according to a translation from the Agence France-Presse news agency.
He was referring to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had hosted Trump and other leaders of the Group of Seven developed economies on Friday and Saturday, before the U.S. leader flew to Singapore to meet North Korea’s Kim.
During his meeting with the North Korean leader, Trump took a tactile approach, repeatedly shaking Kim’s hand and touching his arm. The Washington Post spoke to body language experts who said most of the physical contact was initiated by Trump, who used touch to signal power.
Just days before the United States had been isolated at the G-7 summit in Canada. A photo from Saturday, which showed Trump sitting with his arms folded while fellow G-7 leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel loomed over him, was widely viewed as illustrating Trump’s combative relationship with his peers.
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