The President of the United States got caught on the losing side of a plane-measuring contest with a visiting foreign leader.
Emir Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah of Kuwait visited the White House yesterday and did a joint press conference with 45* about how the U.S. and Kuwait would be cooperating to tangle with various issues in the Middle East. The press conference came on the heels of a bipartisan meeting 45 had with Democratic leaders in Congress about raising the debt ceiling and passing a relief package for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
However, as Politico reported at the end of its write-up about the meeting, one thing lingered on the billionaire real estate tycoon and reality TV star-turned president: The size of Emir Sabah’s plane. 45 complained to the group that the Kuwaiti leader’s jet was probably 100 feet longer than his own private $100 million Boeing 757-200, which has “TRUMP” emblazoned on the side and contains a dining room, a master and guest bedroom, and a shower.
The size of the emir’s plane was on 45’s mind throughout the press conference. The Independent pointed out that 45 praised Kuwait for making “tremendous investments” in the U.S. — many of which happen to be planes. In a recent sale, the U.S. sold the Middle Eastern nation 10 Boeing 777 airliners along with F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets worth approximately $5 billion.
Both 45 and the Emir of Kuwait also talked about smoothing things over for Qatar, an important U.S. ally in the Middle East that houses the largest American airbase in the region. Several months ago, 45 accused the nation of sponsoring terrorism following his official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (the world’s chief sponsor of Wahabbist terrorism). Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other U.S. diplomats have been scrambling to mitigate the damage caused by those tweets since June.
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Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.