The former American president wrote on his own social network called Social Truth that the seat of Biden until the 14th row shows where the United States has come under his administration and that they do not receive due respect.
“In real estate, as in politics and in life, place is everything,” Trump wrote. “This is what has happened to America in the past two years. No respect! Anyway, a good opportunity to meet the leaders of certain third world countries. If I were president, they wouldn’t have put me in the back — and our country would be a lot different,” Trump wrote.
It’s hard to say whether Trump has no idea about the protocol or if this is another one of his provocations because he’s counting on his supporters not knowing about the protocol.
At a funeral in Westminster Abbey, the front seats were traditionally reserved for royal families, with other rows reserved for representatives of Commonwealth countries, which the US is not. That’s why Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat nine rows ahead of the American president.
Protocol in tact
And who exactly did Trump mean by those leaders of third world countries? Joe Biden and First Lady Jill sat behind Polish President Andrzej Duda and in front of Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala. Swiss President Ignazio Cassis then sat next to Biden and his wife.
But Trump probably didn’t deal with that at all. It is questionable whether he would refer pejoratively to the Czech Republic as a third world country, when his ex-wife Ivana was Czech and his children still partially understand Czech.
At the same time, the meeting order of important politicians from countries outside the Commonwealth is not as simple as it might seem. “You can pretend it’s alphabetical, but it’s not,” Robin Renwick, a former British ambassador to the US in the 1990s, told The Times.
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“Biden is not very egotistical, but he will be more in the forefront. Macron would throw a tantrum if he didn’t get the place of honor. Olaf Scholz wouldn’t care. One has to wonder: Who would be crazy about that?” Renwick described the possible thinking of the protocolists.
Joe Biden stayed in London for a short time and kept his appearances to a minimum. One unnamed US official then told the Daily Mail that it wasn’t so much about protocol as “it’s not our show, it’s a British show”. That is, that Biden did not want to draw attention to himself out of place, which he otherwise receives as the president of the USA.