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DINING DIPLOMACY

“Steak, corn, and cheese”

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo shared an important dinner with the North Korea delegation this week.

Sharing a meal with friends (& foes) has played a role throughout American history. Here’s a look at what was served:

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Pres. Reagan & Gorbachev

Their first meal shared in Geneva in 1985 was 2 yrs before Reagan’s famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech during Cold War.

Mrs. Reagan supervised the menu.

“a five-course dinner featuring the American flavors of lobster and avocado, complemented by California wines.”

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FDR & Churchill

“…roast turkey, buttered Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce” served as dinner aboard “The Augusta” warship in 1941

4 days after the infamous meal, ‘The Atlantic Charter’ was signed – an important defense agreement between U.S. and England in WWII.

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Terrorist Leader At Pentagon Luncheon

Mere months after 9/11, in Feb. 2002, radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki had lunch at the Pentagon, as part of an outreach effort to “moderate Muslims.”

Sandwiches reportedly on menu – incl. pork (prohibited for Muslims to eat):  “Smoked turkey, Roast Beef, Smoked Ham, …Vegetarian”

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The First State Dinner

  • Pres. Grant & Hawaii’s King Kalakaua, 1874 – 24 yrs. before Hawaii became U.S. territory. The King wanted to discuss trade.
  • “Nearly 30 courses, all French, were served.”
  • Started tradition of lavish dinners w/heads of state: “White House table awash in flowers, crystal decanters and a $3,000, 587-piece set of Limoges china”

 

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The first state dinner of President Trump's term occurred in April 2018. Most viewed it as a victory for for the First Lady, who led the plans.

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