Trump has blended moments of flattery with vows to rip up trade deals and destroy sovereign nations.
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Protocol experts say American informality frequently gets lost in translation in the traditional cultures Trump will be visiting.Trump Wednesday showed signs of understanding the sensitivity. Even as he complained during a Cabinet meeting about "bad" trade deals and deficits, including with China, Trump was restrained. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded with an on-camera eye roll as Trump looked away.Xi is the president of the People's Republic of China."I think you will find that they are very sensitive to slights," said Georgetown University professor Dennis Wilder, who formerly served on the National Security Council. He cautions Trump against "any kind of tweeting" that would criticize the leader of a country he's visiting. Particularly in China, a breach of protocol can affect the content of the meeting, according to Peter Selfridge, the most recent holder of the chief of protocol post, from 2013 to Trump's inauguration in January. Trump wouldn't be the first U.S. leader to commit a protocol faux pas in Asia.
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