When U.S. President Donald Trump attended the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament finale May 26, some say he injected growth hormone into the “ugly American” stereotype, the strongest dose since July, when he was late to meet Queen Elizabeth, didn’t bow or apologize, then strode cavalierly ahead of her during an official ceremony. But I disagree: Trump operates along a peerless cross-cultural plane that mere mortals cannot fathom. Trump exists beyond all “loser” notions of “protocol.”

Some say Trump, lounging in a specially provided chair in the VIP section instead of sitting cross-legged on traditional zabuton cushions, personified arrogance and pig-headed cultural inflexibility.

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