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When the ranting drunk on the bus is the most powerful man on Earth

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Washington: As the harangue thundered on, the representatives of NATO stared at the wall. Sometimes they stared at their plates. Sometimes they stared at their hands. And sometimes they stared at the press.

They stared at anything, in short, but the source of the harangue: Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

The NATO summit had just begun, and, at a breakfast meeting in Brussels, the US president was berating his hosts over Germany's alleged dependence on Russian energy.

On and on he raged. His hosts didn't dare to interrupt.

Instead, they simply sat there, at the other side of the breakfast table, in a tense, awkward and pallid silence.

It was an extraordinary scene. And yet,........

© Brisbane Times