When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal —steak with a side of ketchup — will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.
At Nato and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new US President prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Mr Trump’s five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule.
It’s all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate America’s “homebody” President on a voyage with increasingly raised stakes. Even before Mr Trump’s trip morphed from a quick jaunt to Europe into a nine-day behemoth, White House aides were on edge about how he would take to grueling pressures of foreign travel: the time zone changes, the unfamiliar hotels, the local delicacies.