Other countries could not apply this energy, and Mr Trump came to visit and took advantage of the amount of local resources he had. For Britain, the world’s most prominent king will be the second Queen Elizabeth, who last year welcomed her to Buckingham Palace with a 12-gun salute and a white-white tie-state banquet.
“The size of the crowd is important to this mass media, so he was definitely thrilled to be talking about seventy million people on the street,” said Peter Westmacott, the former British ambassador to the United States. “We could not handle it in the United States, but twice in the span of a year he seemed to be bowled over in the warmth of receiving a welcome from the royal family.”
Mr Trump flew so far in a military march on Paris that France’s President Emmanuel Macroin invited him on the 23rd that the president insisted on organizing his own American counterpart on the streets of Washington as part of last year’s Independence Day celebration.
Perhaps keeping this in mind, Russian President Vladimir V Putin is trying to persuade Mr Trump to come to Moscow in May, inviting him to the Red Square march on the 75th anniversary of his victory against Nazi Germany. Mr Trump has been wary of the nasty politics of this national tour because of the election year and Russia’s continued interference in American propaganda.
Japan defends militarism and therefore military martyrdom, but he tries to make Mr Trump feel special by inviting him as the first foreign president to meet Emperor Nurhito after he ascends the throne. The Japanese asked Mr. Trump to present his trophy in a sumo champion match – a four-foot tall object aptly labeled the President’s Cup for the occasion.
“World leaders have learned to summarize or scrap historical trips, remove local dishes from the menu and focus on just one thing: feeding his ego,” said Julian Smith, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund in America. “It has taken different forms in recent years, but the goal is always the same – Trump will feel like he is coming up with something unique: a crunch in Paris, a great state dinner at Buckingham Palace or a sumo match with Japan’s presidential cup.”
Not every country can compete. When Mr. Trump was talking about a trip to South Korea last year, it seemed strange that the government in Seoul was upset about what it could bring. The South Koreans have no queen or emperor. But what they do have is a body-wide territory, where Mr Trump can go and even go to the first North Korean territory to meet with Kim Jong-Un at the last-minute theater.