R.J. Matson/CQ Roll Call/CagleCartoons.com 2018
Writer/artist

“MY WAY or the highway” began as a particularly American idiom. And this week in Europe, President Trump has seemed to embody the American idiom.

As The Washington Post reported, Trump upended the NATO summit in Brussels by pushing for defense spending commitments, particularly scolding such nations as Germany and Spain. And two officials said that Trump threatened to “do his own thing,” which some diplomats viewed as a threat to withdraw from the transatlantic alliance.

Yet the president later said Thursday at a news conference: “I believe in NATO.”

All this unfolds as Trump prepares to sit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week at the Helsinki summit.

Here’s how American political cartoonists (including CQ Roll Call’s R.J. Matson, top) are surveying the scene of Trump’s overseas trip:

SIGNE WILKINSON (Philly.com):


Signe Wilkinson/Philly.com/WPWG 2018

JACK OHMAN  (Sacramento Bee):


Jack Ohman/Sacramento Bee/WPWG 2018

KEVIN SIERS (Charlotte Observer):


Kevin Siers/Charlotte Observer/CagleCartoons.com 2018

STEVE SACK (Minneapolis Star Tribune):


Steve Sack/Minneapolis Star Tribune/CagleCartoons.com 2018

CHRISTOPHER WEYANT (Boston Globe):


Christopher Weyant/Boston Globe/CagleCartoons.com 2018