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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- At the conclusion of the annual Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, U.S. President Donald Trump emerged on the world stage for a joint press conference with the summit host, French President Emmanuel Macron. It was arguably the best performance of Trump's presidency.
It certainly bore little resemblance to Trump's stream-of-consciousness rants on Twitter in which he criticizes TV shows and the "fake and disgusting news," bad-mouths countries and former staffers, promotes conspiracy theories and complains about his approval ratings. Trump should hold more of these types of press conferences and spend less time on Twitter. On his favorite social media platform, he comes off as erratic and angry. His attempts at tongue-in-cheek humor fall flat. Tone is often poorly conveyed in social media, which is why emoticons were invented.
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Trump's press conference in France didn't involve any prepared statements or reading from a teleprompter, which tends to make Trump look like he's recording a hostage video. Nor did it involve standing in front of a group of supporters and tossing them red meat, which makes him look like a carnival barker.
This was a rare sighting of Trump playing it totally straight. There was no sarcasm. There were no insults to detract from the substance of his remarks or to cover for a lack thereof. Absent such distractions, what emerged was evidence that Trump has a firm and reasonable grasp of the issues.
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