President Donald Trump is reportedly throwing something of a hissy fit these days over having to fly all the way to (gasp!) Canada, where he’s expected to (gasp! gasp!) do his job by representing the United States to the rest of the world.
The Washington Post wrote on Thursday that Trump has begun whining to aides that his trip to the G7 summit of world leaders in Quebec is a waste of time compared to his planned one-on-one with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
But it’s not just that he thinks he’s too good for the summit. It’s that he’s afraid of getting yelled at by all the other mean world leaders.
From the Post (emphasis mine):
In particular, the president said Tuesday to several advisers that he fears attending the Group of Seven summit in rural Charlevoix, Quebec, may not be a good use of his time because he is diametrically opposed on many key issues with his counterparts — and does not want to be lectured by them.
The Post names three G7 leaders whom Trump is particularly not excited to see: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Theresa May (“whom he sees as too politically correct”).
Officially, the White House has denied any apprehension on the part of the president over the upcoming summit.
“The president wants to go on the trip,” National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow told reporters on Wednesday. “The president is at ease with all of these tough issues.”
Unofficially, though, Trump is notorious for being a petulant homebody who hates leaving the comfort of his own properties. According to the Post, White House officials have considered letting Trump off the hook and sending Vice President Mike Pence to Canada in his place.