In yet another first for the Trump administration, the diplomatic art of holding an elegant dinner at the White House for foreign heads of state has been neglected but don’t worry, Donald Trump has a solution. Newsweek:
Trump was critical of President Barack Obama’s 2015 state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his presidential campaign and said he would not throw him an elaborate dinner at the White House. “I would not be throwing (Xi) a dinner,” Trump said at the time. “I would get him a McDonald’s hamburger and say we’ve got to get down to work.”
Trump also vowed that he would not have a state dinner as long as the U.S was operating at a trade deficit. “It’s going to be different, folks. It’s going to be different. We’re not going to have state dinners,” Trump said at the time. “I’ll have state dinners — when we break even I’ll have a state dinner, and when we start making money, I’ll have a double state dinner.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that there is no “singular” reason for Trump not having a state dinner and that one may, in fact, be assembled as soon as early 2018.
State dinners are significant for friendships and to showcase country ties to one another, according to Anita McBride, a veteran of three Republican administrations who most recently served under first lady Laura Bush.
“The White House is the world stage to elevate that,” Baker told the AP. “These occasions really go a long way to solidify and strengthen relationships.”
Bear in mind that despite Trump’s money he is a gourmand, rather than a gourmet, a man who ate hamburgers in Japan and steak with ketchup in China.