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French Ambassador suggests "Big Mouth" Trump says he reads "basically nothing"

Outgoing French Ambassador Gerard Araud launched a series of exit interviews on President Trump, describing the US president as having a "big mouth" that reads "basically nothing or almost nothing" – and even the "uninformed" French King Louis XIV compares.

Araud drew a stark contrast in an interview with Foreign Policy between the presidencies of Barack Obama and the current inmate of the White House.


"On the one hand you had this ultimate bureaucrat, an introverted, basically aloof, reticent president. A bit arrogant, but basically someone who went to bed every night with 60-page briefings and was sent back by the president the next day, "he said, referring to Obama.

"And suddenly you have this president, who is an extrovert, really big mouth, who basically reads nothing or almost nothing, the process of mutual annihilation is completely broken and decisions are basically taken from the hip."

He told the magazine that decisions or statements often come from the White House and even administrators are surprised or do not know what they mean.

He cited, in particular, the announcement on 19 December of a US withdrawal from Syria and the recent decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. There he said: "I think the Foreign Minister was [Mike Pompeo] was not informed. "

However, his advice to the Elysée Palace for dealing with Trump in the attack on President Emmanuel Macron was that the officials are doing nothing

"He once criticized the French president [Emmanuel Macron]and people called me from Paris to say, "What should we do?" My answer was clear: "Nothing." Do not do anything because he will always outdo you. Because he can not accept it as if he is losing. You have restraint on your part and he has no restraint on his side, so you lose. It is escalation dominance. "


In another interview with The Guardian Araud Trump compared with the French King Louis XIV, who ruled in the 17th and 18th centuries in France.

"It's like [trying] to analyze the court of Louis XIV, "said Araud. "You have an old king, a bit quirky, unpredictable, uninformed, but he wants to be the one who decides."

Araud's anti-Trump views are well known. On election night 2016, he tweeted: "A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness "before you delete it.

This grim view of the post-2016 world continued in his foreign policy interview, which fought for optimism over Trump's re-election or the prospect of Britain's exit from the European Union.

"I do not know if it will be a disaster," he said, asking for his thoughts on a Trump 2020 victory. "I'm sure it will not be a good thing. At the same time, it is too easy to say that Trump is responsible. On the European side, the crisis is on both sides of the Atlantic. You see the incredible soap opera [over Brexit] offered by the British. Whatever the result, it is a missed situation for Europe. It's a disaster that we lose the British, all the skills they bring us. "


When asked by The Guardian about his election night tweet, he said that in retrospect, he believed the tweet was right.

"My world, our world of certainties, really collapsed and we faced a real, substantial, dangerous crisis that could basically overwhelm my own country," he said. "I think we are entering a new era. I just do not know what that era will look like. "


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