Key Words: Trump is ‘uninformed’ but also ‘right’ on China and trade, says departing French ambassador

The French ambassador to the U.S. is known for being blunt, and he’s staying true to form as he leaves his post on Friday after five years on the job.

In exit interviews with several publications, Gerard Araud has offered a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump, but also expressed some approval.

“It’s like [trying] to analyze the court of Louis XIV,” Araud told The Guardian, referring to the Trump administration. “You have an old king, a bit whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed, but he wants to be the one deciding.”

Trump “doesn’t want to appear under any influence and he wants to show it,” similar to the Sun King who dominated France in the 17th and 18th centuries, he said.

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