How to tell if Trump likes you
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis just made his first visit to the White House, said Petr Holec, and it seems his talk with Donald Trump went well. True, the U.S. president didn’t call Babis a “great leader,” as he did North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un after their recent summit in Vietnam, but neither did he cut the meeting short. It was the first summit between a Czech leader and a U.S. president in eight years, and Babis had said he wanted it to be a “restart” in U.S.-Czech relations. President Milos Zeman, a fervent Russophile, has been orienting our country toward Moscow, but Babis is trying to turn it “back toward the West.” Babis was a better choice than Zeman for this meeting, because he has been called the Trumpiest leader in Europe. Like Trump, Babis is a billionaire businessman who swept to power on a wave of nationalistic and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Babis also knows how to flatter. He said he plans to emulate Trump’s platform in order to “make the Czech Republic great again” and promised to bring Czech defense spending up to 2 percent of GDP, something Trump demands of all NATO members. It paid off: After Babis left Washington, Trump “did not release any nasty tweet to undercut his previous praise.” That’s how you know a Trump meeting was a success.