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Professor Has Tweeted the Same Message About Donald Trump for More Than a Year, and It Never Stops Being True

US President Donald Trump takes a drink of water at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, December 18, 2017. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Daniel W. Drezner posted this on Twitter.

Embarking on a seemingly never-ending quest over a year ago on April 25, 2017, Dan Drezner, a professor at the Fletcher Graduate School of international affairs posted an excerpt from an article from The Washington Post on Twitter. He captioned the share:


I'll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler."

The Washington Post article, titled "'Everyone tunes in’: Inside Trump’s obsession with cable TV," included behind the scenes anecdotes from the Trump staff. The highlighted quote involved a member of the President's staff speaking of the Commander-in-Chief in terms most often associated with a small child.

In the article, the unnamed adviser states:

Once he goes upstairs, there’s no managing him."

Since that day in April, Drezner repeated his assertion the next time the Trump administration provided a worthy example of their view of the President's maturity. Which was two days later.

Since then, many more have followed.

Each time Drezner includes a variation of the same caption from his original Trump assessment: I'll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when ____ stops talking about him like a toddler. In the example above, it was GOP lawmakers.

While there has not been a post every day, there is one at least once a week. And some days offer a wealth of examples. For instance, August 4, 2017 offered three examples.

Drezner pulls his quotes from a variety of print media. The only common denominator is quotes must come from the President's own closest allies in the White House, his own staff...

...or due to pressing examples...

...the observations of his behavior while in public, like at NATO summits or G7 meetings.

Some days yield more than one example from a single source, like on July 11, 2018, when a Washington Post article provided two prime examples.

The staff quotes describe behavior like tantrums...

...and ripping up official documents in violation of federal law, namely the Presidential Records Act.

Drezner and the White House staff, GOP lawmakers and United States allies are not alone in observing a level of social awkwardness with the 45th President.

Body language and behavior experts analyzed how Trump sits, shakes hands and touches other world leaders. His handsy approach to French President Emmanuel Macron fascinated many.

While his apparent pushing of the Prime Minister of Montenegro at the 2017 NATO Summit drew ire.

He famously drew criticism during what should have been a simple walk with Queen Elizabeth the II on a visit to the United Kingdom.

And much has been written about his behavior around powerful women like Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton.

Dan Drezner began his quest for proof of President Trump growing into the presidency on April 25, 2017. 510 days later, Professor Drezner marked his 402nd example of observances to the contrary.