After four months of interactions between [OMP] and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged:
- Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span.
- Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention.
- Compliment him on his Electoral College victory.
- Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama.
- Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign.
- Stay in regular touch.
- Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.
“If you were prepping people for [OMP] the two or three points would be: one, bear in mind this is still a guy who focuses on wins,” Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the United States, said. “He likes to have wins for America and wins for himself from bilateral meetings.”
Secondly,” he continued, “he is a deal maker, a pragmatist. Third, this is a guy with a limited attention span. He absolutely won’t want to listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter.”