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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was gracious after her country’s defeat in its first FIFA World Cup Final appearance, as it lost 4-2 against France on Sunday in Moscow. 

A Croatian analytics company found that 25 percent of news stories relating to the World Cup were about her impressive poise post-game, according to The Guardian.

Grabar-Kitarovic gained positive attention at the World Cup when she greeted each player on both the Croatian and French teams in the pouring rain with a hug. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who took cover under an umbrella, stood beside Grabar-Kitarovic and French President Emmanuel Macron. Grabar-Kitarovic congratulated French players, as well as her home team, according to Reuters.

Grabar-Kitarovic also received attention when she greeted Putin with a Croatian team jersey before the World Cup at their official meeting at the Kremlin on Sunday, according to a Ruptly video.

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She even gave U.S. President Donald Trump a T-shirt when they met at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in hopes of raising her country’s profile, reported the Associated Press. (RELATED: The Ratings Are In For The World Cup, And They Are Shocking)

“I’m really hopeful that the two state leaders will show enough … responsibility for global stability and the trans-Atlantic relationship,” said Grabar-Kitarovic when asked how she anticipates the meeting between Trump and Putin will go, according to an Associated Press interview on Sunday.

In the interview, Grabar-Kitarovic came to the defense of Trump, understanding where his interests lie and why he called out other countries for not providing adequate defense spending in the NATO agreement, according to the Associated Press.

“Certainly, it’s not fair that the United States is carrying the burden for the defense of Europe. We’re first and foremost responsible for our own security,” Grabar-Kitarovic said.

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