Some of those could make for some interesting encounters with world leaders. Here are a few where it would be fascinating to be a fly on the wall.
What he said: “NATO had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was, you know, designed many, many years ago. Number two — the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay.”
— Donald Trump, in an interview with The Times of London and BILD published on January 16, 2017
It might make things awkward with: The leaders of NATO member states and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Context: It’s not the first time Trump has called NATO obsolete, and the statement is in line with Trump’s campaign promise to rethink the US role in the world — specifically whether it is spending too much money abroad.
When he’ll see them: British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Washington Friday to become the first foreign leader to meet with Trump as US President.
May spoke with Stoltenberg Sunday night, telling him that she would reiterate the alliance’s importance to Trump, according to a statement from 10 Downing Street.
NATO announced last summer it would hold its annual summit at its new Brussels headquarters sometime in 2017, though the specific date has not been announced. Trump’s likely to meet Stoltenberg and other NATO leaders then, if not before.
What he said: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
— Donald Trump, caught on a hot mic in 2005 speaking to Billy Bush, then-host of “Access Hollywood”
It might make things awkward with: British Prime Minister May when they meet Friday.
Trump quickly apologized, saying he is not a “perfect person.” He also took a stab at former Bill Clinton, alleging the former President “has said far worse to me on the golf course.”
Will it come up? Unlikely.
But May, who’s already called those comments “unacceptable,” said she would call out the new President if he were to say something out of line.
“Whenever I find there is something unacceptable, I won’t be afraid to say that to Donald Trump,” she said. “I think the biggest statement that will be made about the role of women is that fact that I will be there as a female prime minister, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.”
What he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
— Donald Trump, announcing his candidacy on June 15, 2015.
It might make things awkward with: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
It won’t be the first time Trump meets Peña Nieto in person — the two met privately and held a joint news conference in August.
Trump struck a cordial, diplomatic tone while addressing the press after the meeting, but used much more hostile rhetoric when discussing Mexico in a press conference hours later.
What he said: “I fully understand the ‘One China’ policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘One China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”
— December 11, 2016, in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”
It might make things awkward with: Chinese President Xi Jinping
Context: The comments came after the then President-elect took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in violation of longstanding diplomatic protocols surrounding the “One China” policy.
China views Taiwan as a renegade province and, since 1979, the US has acknowledged Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China, with US-China relations governed by a set of protocols known as the “One China” policy.
This means there are no formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Taiwan — so Trump’s decision to take Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s call could risk a major upset.
For decades, the policy has been the linchpin of the Washington-Beijing relationship, and now Trump is saying it’s negotiable.
When they’ll see each other: Although Trump or Xi could travel to their respective countries for bilateral meetings, they’ll likely both be at the G20 summit in July.