President Trump’s style was on display this week as he berated NATO leaders at a summit in Brussels and paid a tumultuous first visit to Britain to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II.

In his first year and a half, the president has paid few visits to U.S. neighbors and has used the world stage to publicly confront allies.

Some of the world leaders Trump has visited

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TOP, from left: King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (AFP/Getty Images); Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency); President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines (AFP/Getty Images); BOTTOM: French President Emmanuel Macron (AFP/Getty Images); North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (AP); British Prime Minister Theresa May (Getty Images)

Trump tallied 21 visits to other countries in his first 18 months in office, compared with 28 for Barack Obama and 23 for George W. Bush in the same period, according to an analysis of State Department data on presidential travel.

All three presidents traveled to major cities such as Beijing, London, Paris and Tokyo by this point in their presidencies. A difference for Trump is that only one of his trips took place in North America.

Where Trump, Obama and Bush traveled in their first 18 months

In the first year and a half of his presidency, Trump made 10 country visits for multilateral organization meetings and 11 for one-on-one diplomacy. The map also shows where Obama and Bush went in their first 18 months.

Trump took his first trip to Canada for a G-7 meeting in June.

Helsinki, Finland, is the site of Monday’s Trump-Putin meeting.

Trump has yet to go to Mexico as president.

In Singapore, Trump was the first sitting president to meet with a North Korean leader.

Helsinki, Finland, is the site of Monday’s Trump-Putin meeting.

Trump took his first trip to Canada for a G-7 meeting in June.

London

Paris

Beijing

Seoul

Vatican City

Tokyo

Trump has yet to go to Mexico as president.

In Singapore, Trump was the first sitting president to meet with a North Korean leader.

Helsinki, Finland, is the site of Monday’s Trump-Putin meeting.

London

Paris

Beijing

Vatican City

Seoul

Tokyo

Trump took his first trip to Canada for a G-7 meeting in June.

Trump has yet to go to Mexico as president.

In Singapore, Trump was the first sitting president to meet with a North Korean leader.

Every president since Ronald Reagan has visited either Canada or Mexico first, a symbol of the importance of the relationship with the U.S. neighbors and trading partners. It was almost 17 months before the president set foot in either country, traveling to Canada to attend an economic summit.

Trump broke with tradition and traveled to Saudi Arabia for his first visit abroad.

After taking an especially confrontational tone toward Mexico, Trump has not set foot in the country since taking office. He visited as a candidate in 2016.

[Mexico’s incoming president to meet with Trump son-in-law]

Each of the last three presidents approached foreign travel differently early in their presidency. Obama traveled to more countries than the others, trying to revive alliances strained by the Iraq War. Trump has made fewer trips overseas but made several stops during his travels.

Visit to a country for:

One-on-one diplomacy

Group summits, such as G-7 and NATO

Trump

He made his first trip four months into his presidency.

North

Korea

summit

First stop:

Saudi Arabia

Feb.

Jan.

July

Obama

Of the three presidents, he traveled most in the first 18 months.

First stop:

Canada

Feb.

Jan.

July

Bush

The former Texas governor’s first trip took him south of the border.

Sept. 11

attacks

First stop:

Mexico

Feb.

Jan.

July

Visit to a country for:

One-on-one diplomacy

Group summits, such as G-7 and NATO

He made his first trip four months into his presidency.

Trump

First stop:

Saudi Arabia

One year

in office

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Korea

summit

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Of the three presidents, he traveled most in the first 18 months.

Obama

Obama gets

Nobel Prize

in Norway

First stop:

Canada

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The former Texas governor’s first trip took him south of the border.

Bush

First stop:

Mexico

Sept. 11

attacks

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Visit to a country for:

One-on-one diplomacy

Group summits, such as G-7 and NATO

One year

in office

First stop:

Saudi Arabia

North

Korea

summit

Trump

He made his first trip four months into his presidency.

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MAY

JULY

NOV.

JAN.

JUNE

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Obama

Of the three presidents, he traveled most in the first

18 months.

Obama gets

Nobel Prize

in Norway

First stop:

Canada

FEB.

APRIL

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

OCT.

NOV.

DEC.

MARCH

APRIL

JUNE

JULY

Bush

The former Texas governor’s first trip took him south of

the border.

First stop:

Mexico

Sept. 11

attacks

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JULY

OCT.

FEB.

MARCH

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The president has also brought a measure of unpredictability to his public dialogue while abroad.

Trump, who has long accused other NATO members of not meeting their financial obligations, launched into a tirade about defense spending as the summit was wrapping up in Brussels this week, The Post reported.

“No, we are not playing this game,” Trump said when the organization’s leader tried to promote unity, according to one official who was present. “Other presidents have done this, but I’m not going to.”

Trump has often shown a willingness to air grievances publicly and forcefully, rather than a more measured approach.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said James Lebovic, a George Washington University professor who studies the foreign travels of U.S. presidents. “This is all shoot-from-the-hip diplomacy.”

[Trump says Britain’s May is ‘doing a terrific job’ after criticizing her in interview]

Experts say the trips have given Trump an opportunity to very publicly deliver on the campaign promise he made to shake up the normal way of doing things.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec. (Reuters)

“In terms of the theatrics, it’s very different for Trump,” said Emily Charnock, a researcher at Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge who studies presidential travel. “He gets to go and show himself standing up against these international elites who he has defined himself against.”

The last stop on this international trip will be when the president meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Monica Ulmanu contributed to this report.

About this story

Foreign trips were compiled from the State Department’s Office of the Historian. The Post categorized each visit as either a meeting of a multilateral organization or other presidential travel abroad. Visits to countries that included groups of foreign leaders, such as NATO, G-7, G-8, G-20, ASEAN and APEC, were considered multilateral. Other travel that involved only the leader of one other country was considered one-on-one diplomacy. The State Department has not updated its data for 2018. Those trips come from news reports.

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