US President Trump Lands In UK To Be Hosted By PM Theresa May But Starts Off With A Bang

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Great Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May couldn’t be in a tougher spot to where she may be tempted to do business to prop up her soft Brexit deal with the republican US President Donald Trump which is the worst decision she could possibly make. First, he smells vulnerability a mile away and yes, he would use this information to his advantage. Second, he would not go for a soft Brexit landing. He would be thinking along the lines of the recently resigned senior Tories’ key players, the Brexit secretary David Davis followed by another important team member, Eurosceptic foreign secretary Boris Johnson. Both are Brexit hardliners/ true believers and both were very displeased with the agreed plan.

Prime Minister Theresa May had thought that an agreement regarding a final Brexit deal had been worked out at her Chequers retreat around the 6th of July 2018.

Reports indicate that the foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been a pain in the Prime Minister’s back side but because his support was important, she had been afraid to fire him.

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Although the PM  Theresa May is considerably weakened, the lack of a credible successor to to replace her leadership, has acted in her favor.

The last thing that the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May expected was to be the recipient of the equivalent of an emotional bloody nose by none other than President Trump as she hosted him on his UK visit starting on the 12th of July 2018.

I do hope that the Brits grant her the support and backing that she’ll need after she has been so badly treated by her guest who should not be putting his two cents into British politics. He would love nothing better than to see her toppled.

See: Trump dishes up fresh dose of chaos aimed at May, Londoners /AP

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PM THERESA MAY AT CHEQUERS

Here’s the rest of the story regarding President Trump’s UK jaunt…

On July 12, 2018, William Booth, Karla Adam and Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump blasts Prime Minister Theresa May in interview published during his first official visit to Britain”

Excerpts:

“After Prime Minister Theresa May rolled out the red carpet at Blenheim Palace on Thursday night for President Trump’s first official visit to Britain, a London tabloid published an explosive interview in which Trump blasted May’s compromise, pro-business plan to leave the European Union and warned that her approach could imperil any future trade deal between the United States and Britain.”

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“The remarks cast an immediate pall over a visit that included a lavish dinner with business leaders Thursday night and plans to meet Queen Elizabeth II for afternoon tea on Friday. It was the latest international incident to erupt during Trump’s brief sojourn abroad, which kicked off with incendiary comments that upended a NATO summit in Brussels.”

“In addition to attacking May on Brexit, Trump also praised her archrival, Boris Johnson, as a potential future prime minister while attacking London’s mayor as soft on crime and terrorism.”

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“The blunt language and harsh dismissal in Trump’s interview stunned 10 Downing Street.”

“May’s office did not issue a reply to Trump’s remarks but referred reporters to an earlier statement: “We have come to an agreement at the proposal we’re putting to the European Union which absolutely delivers on the Brexit people voted for. They voted for us to take back control of our money, our law and our borders and that’s exactly what we will do.”

“Newspaper editors scrambled to update their front pages. “The ego has landed,” said the Daily Mirror, adding that Trump “embarrasses Prime Minister with attack on her plan for soft Brexit.” On its front page, the Daily Mail said that Trump had offered “typically blunt home truths for Britain.”

“In the interview, done earlier this week, Trump disparaged May’s Brexit plan: “I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me.”He added: “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one people voted on.”

“If May has Britain align its rules and regulations for goods and agricultural products with Europe, following “a common ­rulebook” with Brussels, as May puts it, then, Trump said, that could derail a trade deal with Washington.”

“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the U.K., so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump told the Sun, which published its splash at 11 p.m. in Britain.”

“Trump was scheduled to meet with May for talks on Friday (July 13th).”

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See how the above scenario counters PM May’s expectations…

On July 12, 2018, Pippa Crerar of the Guardian penned the following report, “May bids for Trump Brexit backing with vow to rip up red tape” (“PM tries to win US support for soft Brexit plan, as presidential visit draws angry protests.”)

Excerpts:

“Theresa May will step up her efforts to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States on Friday as she sits down for her first bilateral talks with Donald Trump against a backdrop of furious protest across the country.”

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“As the government released its long-awaited Brexit white paper. paper on 7/12/18, she sought to placate angry Tory leavers by winning US support for her softer Brexit plan, telling Trump it created an “unprecedented opportunity” for a free trade agreement.”

“Now, as we prepare to leave the European Union, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more. It’s an opportunity to reach a free trade agreement that creates jobs and growth here in the UK and right across the United States,” she said.

“May, dressed in an ankle-length red gown and red heels, and her husband, Philip, in black tie, welcomed President Trump and his wife, Melania, to Blenheim. The first lady was dressed in a floor-length yellow ball gown.”

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“The Trumps arrived from London on the Marine One helicopter before being driven in the armoured presidential limousine – nicknamed The Beast – to the opulent 18th-century palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. The prime minister and president once again briefly held hands as they walked up to the palace.”

“The president’s arrival was marked by a military ceremony, with bandsmen of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards playing the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace and the National Emblem march.”

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“Whitehall officials were alarmed when the US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, said this week that a deal was “totally up in the air” after the Chequers summit, which raised questions over the extent to which Britain could negotiate tariffs.”

“Earlier on Thursday, Trump had appeared to throw his weight behind a hard Brexit by suggesting the government was taking “a different route” from the complete break from the EU that he said the British people had voted for.”

11 comments

  1. Trumps comments can be offensive but I think his ‘advice’ can safely be ignored considering the lack of care and concern he seems to be applying to the people of the US, his own people. I have long been of he opinion that Trump is a ‘Fellow Traveler’ of the Russian Communist Ideal but of Mr Putin in particular. I believe Russia money has bailed his businesses out so often that he’s bought and paid for now.
    Hugs

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    • Dear David Prosser,

      I’ve been convinced that President Trump is a Russian asset for awhile only because he shows all the signs of being one.

      President Putin would not be a fan of PM Theresa May. I’ve been thinking that the UK citizens have been in denial regarding the extent that Russia meddled in UK politics to push for Brexit.

      PM May would be the biggest fool to rely on President Trump in any way. She should go for the soft Brexit.

      Boris Johnson is a horse’s you know what. He wants to be PM but that would be the UK being led by a smarter Donald Trump. The EU countries need to step up to support PM May without her even having to ask.

      If I had a magic wand and could write a fantasy script, I would give President Trump a stunning gift of jewelry that could record everything that President Trump said to President Putin. Then I would be sure that a transcript was leaked to the Sun UK newspaper. Then I would order an UN-Brexit vote.
      Then I would make sure that Boris Johnson was shown up for the weasel that he is. Fantasies are lovely.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Mr Trump is a plain blunt man not a diplomat. His view of the world is a simple business model summed up by ; ring out of others as much as you can get and give up as little as you can to do it.
    The subtle business man uses a different technique ; pretend your a kind-hearted entrepreneur and use the knives in secret where no one can see them.
    The European union is a large super-rich gravy train and means a lot to big business in the UK and so Mrs May tries to please UK big business and at the same time satisfy the voters who have been primed to worry about immigrants. Notice farmers and universities are falling over themselves to let them in because they fear their own profits. It is a dangerous game , priming the electorate , it may get you into parliament but could destroy your business ambitions.
    ‘ This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. ‘

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    • Dear Kersten,

      President Trump was deliberately trying to undercut the UK’s PM Theresa May but he got caught at it right when she was in the middle of hosting him at a Black Tie dinner at the home of Winston Churchill.

      You do have a point. He didn’t knife her in the back but in the front. Being the consummate professional, the PM is, she turned this faux pas around to be more in her favor.

      If their positions had been reversed, he would have started calling her names, etc.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. I find it amazing that Trump has done the most horrible job of any president in the history of the U.S., his own administration is in constant turmoil, the divisiveness in the U.S. is nearly crippling because of his “policies” and abhorrent behaviour, and yet he has the gall to try to tell another leader how to run her country??? I wish you had that magic wand!
    Hugs!!!

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    • Dear Jill,

      I have to give the UK’s PM Theresa May a tremendous amount of credit. She kept her cool under difficult circumstances to where she turned things around to be more in her favor.

      On July 13th at the joint press conference President Trump was much more conciliatory towards the PM Theresa May.

      I could not have done what the PM Theresa May ended up doing. I would have lost it.

      Hugs, Gronda

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