So Finnish president Sauli Niinistö got invited to the White House to meet with Donald Trump.
The press and political analysts were giddy. After all, an invitation to the White House is a big deal and this meeting was seen as a great chance for little Finland to highlight big issues like security in the Baltics, the role of the EU as a partner in the global economy and the importance of implementing the Paris Agreement. Plus, surely Trump would be eager to gain insight into Finland’s diplomatic strategy when it comes to dealing with Vladimir Putin and Russia.
So president Sauli Niinistö prepared his agenda, packed a nice suit, got on a plane and flew to D.C.
Shockingly, it turns out Donald Trump didn’t actually give a shit about any of the things on Niinistö’s agenda and in fact hadn’t even bothered to learn his name, referring to him instead as the newest Pokémon , “president Ninuchu”.
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