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For Diplomat In Chief Trump, It’s All Personal
Trump signals global relations will be driven by feelings about leaders

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May participate in a joint press conference at the East Room of the White House on Friday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS | For Donald Trump, it’s all personal. But British Prime Minister Theresa May showed him that might not be enough.

During his first joint press conference with a foreign leader, it became clear that American foreign policy will be, in part, driven by how the former real estate mogul and businessman feels about his counterparts.

Analysis: Desire to Avoid Bush Missteps Could Taint Obama Legacy
As he plays long game in Syria, some experts and lawmakers see a 'disaster'

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, right, holds up the iconic photo of a young dead Syrian boy as he addresses the Syrian refugee crisis during a news conference on Capitol Hill in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Barack Obama’s relative inaction in the Middle East will shape — and, perhaps, taint — his legacy, an ironic twist to a presidency conceived in part by his own criticism of his predecessor's military overreach in the region.

The outgoing commander in chief opted against enforcing his own “red line” against Syrian President Bashar Assad. His decisions against a more robust effort to equip, train and help rebel forces, against using American ground troops, and against removing Assad from power are all part of a complicated mosaic that includes the birth of the Islamic State group, an again-unstable Iraq, and an ongoing refugee crisis that stretches to northern Europe.

Is Trump 'Mr. Brexit'?
Left to interpretation, Twitterverse draws its own conclusions

Donald Trump liked the moniker "Mr. Brexit" that he used to describe himself in a Fox News interview Wednesday so much that he repeated that proclamation in a Thursday tweet and confused the internet.

Mummy Wars, Brexit Edition
Theresa May to Move into 10 Downing after 'Mum-gate'

Andrea Leadsom, right, of the British Conservative Party suggested that she was better suited to lead the government than Theresa May, left, by virture of her experience as a mother. (Photo credit: Left, Carl Court/Getty Images; Right, Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

The incoming British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who will become the UK’s second female head of government on Wednesday, had no competition for the job after her rival, fellow conservative Andrea Leadsom, made the mistake of suggesting that she was better suited to lead the government by virtue of her experience as a mom.

The mythological furies, goddesses of vengeance, had nothing on those tweeting Brits who tore into Leadsom after she told the Times of London that while May “possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people,” she herself had a bona fide biological stake in the future: “I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next.’’

Lawmakers to Obama: Press Allies at NATO Summit
White House official: 'Inflection point' as alliance faces old, new threats

Republicans and Democrats are urging President Barack Obama  to use his final NATO summit to press European leaders to be more aggressive against an old threat from their eastern flank and a new one to their south.  

White House officials see the gathering coming at "an inflection point" for NATO and Europe. Beginning Friday in the Polish capital of Warsaw, Western leaders will discuss what seems to be an ever-swelling list of threats that includes a more aggressive Russia, Islamic State attacks and a flood of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa.  

John Oliver Tells U.S.: There Are 'No F---ing Do-overs'
Compares Brexit to the potential election of Donald Trump

British comedian John Oliver had a simple lesson for Americans, comparing Britain's vote to leave the European Union to the U.S. presidential election: Don't screw this up.  

Oliver had pleaded with his native Britain to stay in the EU in the buildup to the vote. 

So Far, Brevenge Not So Tasty
But the fury of Brexit and pro-Trump voters has an appeal that 'staying the course' lacks

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump sees Brexit as good news. ( Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The four stages of Brexit ? Bregret , bremorse , brecession and maybe, brecount .  

Before you could say, "Oh bollocks but we didn’t need a global downturn,’’ Donald Trump declared himself delighted at Britain’s decision to exit from the European Union .