Angelo Wijaya

Jun 6, 2019

2 min read

British Politicians’s Encounters with Trump

US President Donald Trump is in a four day visit to the United Kingdom. This time, he is in a state visit where he meets the Queen, the Royal Family, and also the Prime Minister herself, Theresa May.

Here is some highlight to brief you about his indirect encounters with British politicians, which have been very interesting in the past few days.

Jeremy Corbyn

The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, requested to meet President Donald Trump during his state visit to the United Kingdom. However, the President turned down Corbyn’s offer, of whom he has dubbed as “negative”.

President Trump said, “I think that he is, from where I come from, somewhat of a negative force”.

Jeremy Corbyn, who has previously criticized Trump by saying that his policies on immigration, human rights, and climate change have been very divisive, condemned Trump for insulting Sadiq Khan.

In an anti-Trump demonstration, Corbyn said that he would never accept a trade deal that ended up with the NHS being up for sale.

Boris Johnson

Amidst the preparation for leadership contest in the Conservative Party, Donald Trump asked Boris Johnson whether he is available to meet.

This is probably because Boris Johnson is among the strongest contender in the contest.

Trump himself has endorsed Boris Johnson for the leadership spot ahead of his state visit to the UK.

However, during Trump’s visit to the UK, a video of Boris Johnson criticizing Trump was beamed onto the Big Ben.

To make things more interesting, Boris Johnson turned down Trump’s invitation to meet during his state visit.

Nigel Farage

Compared to the previous two, Farage’s rapport with Trump remains warm.

Having complimented Farage ahead of the state visit, Trump and Farage finally met in London.

While Farage has made a claim that Trump is better prepared for Brexit than Theresa May, Donald Trump has suggested that the UK should send Nigel Farage for the negotiation with the EU.

Theresa May

Remember the awkward hold hands in the White House? Remember the exchange of criticism and condemnation over Trump’s retweet of UK far right leader’s tweet?

Well, Trump-May’s relations may be beyond this news about Trump cannot help but being himself, embarrassing Theresa May again and again, who smiled helplessly during the joint press conference.

Donald Trump is something. He is not only American politics’s phenomenon. He is a world phenomenon. And what is to come in the next several days or maybe months and years? It is not for us to predict, but to watch if not joining, Theresa May smiling helplessly.

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