German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump pose for the media as they meet with other world leaders Sunday for the first working session of the G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France. (Jeff J Mitchell - Pool /Getty Images)
How do you plan for the unplanned? That was the challenge for advance teams paving the way for the recent G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, and for President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to Poland and, until recently, Denmark. That includes CQ Roll Call White House correspondent John T. Bennett, who helped plan press logistics for the trips, and was as surprised as anyone at the way things worked out.
From French President Emmanuel Macron keeping the camera-attentive Trump off guard all weekend at the G-7 to the planning for the president’s trip to Copenhagen going all for naught (because, as has been noted, Trump was miffed Denmark would not sell Greenland to the United States) to working with different countries on their own expectations for press access, an advance team’s work is never done, with this president or any other.