Trump’s NATO Visit Marked by Stiff Handshakes along with Uncomfortable ‘Family Photos’

BRUSSELS — As President Trump prepared to leave the NATO summit meeting in his disgruntled wake, the story of his visit could be told from the tight smiles, stiff handshakes along with averted gazes he exchanged with the people who are supposed to be some of his closest European allies.

With few leaders willing to publicly push back against Mr. Trump’s aggressive haggling over military spending, observers were left to study his body language, as well as of which of his allies along with aides. At times, attempts to decipher the mood of the president along with additional heads of state felt akin to studying a very sophisticated along with multilingual high school cafeteria.

For starters, there appeared to be cliques, that has a grimacing Mr. Trump often on the outs. As leaders prepared for a so-called (along with perhaps dysfunctional) family photo, Mr. Trump’s contemporaries walked ahead along with chatted together while the president hung back with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president.

During a group photo shoot, leaders seemed to glance at Mr. Trump out of the corners of their eyes, if they looked at him at all. The coverage of the icy-appearing exchanges caught the attention of at least two high-profile White House aides, who were quick to declare the analysis “fake news.”

“Fake News Media outlets FAIL to mention the photo of President @realDonaldTrump looking up toward the sky with others,” Dan Scavino, the president’s social media director, wrote on Twitter, “is usually of which of an impressive flyover of helicopters coming from 13 Alied Nations as seen here off the reflection of the @NATO building. Way to go FAKE NEWS!”

Mr. Scavino’s criticism was also shared by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. On Thursday, the White House had no immediate comment on the photogenic qualities of the president’s relationships.

“yet,” the prime minister added, “he has Wi-Fi on the plane, so we will have to see.”