Donald Trump Shoots the Breeze With the Prime Minister of Japan

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So the prime minister of Japan flies to New York to meet with Trump, and Trump shows up to shoot the breeze with him all by himself. No advisors. No State Department briefing. No prep. Just Trump and the Japanese team.

Oh, and Ivanka. Why? Here’s my incredibly depressing guess: Trump believes that Japanese men consider it a sign of respect to have a pretty assistant in the room who listens attentively and silently. So he nabbed Ivanka and told her to act as decoration. This is a common belief among a certain kind of American businessman, and Trump is that certain kind.

UPDATE: Sorry, I guess Gen. Mike Flynn is in there with Trump, so he’s not all alone. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if that’s better or worse. Here’s Flynn a few months ago:

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