Donald Trump is of course in the UK this week, where he’s in the process of embarrassing himself, his family and his country, much like he did in Japan last month.
Monday found the president desecrating all manner of hallowed, royal ground and snapping pictures with the Queen, a nauseating spectacle the world has seen before, but was unfortunately subjected to again.
“Haven’t seen any protests yet, but I’m sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them”, Trump tweeted on Monday.
As it turns out, the “fake news” didn’t have to work very “hard” to locate the protests, because thousands of people came out on Tuesday in London where the infamous Trump baby balloon was hoisted in front of Parliament.
A “Baby Trump” balloon floats during an anti-Trump protest in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
If you’re inclined to suggest Trump is correct to assert that “people are starting to respect America again” under his leadership, then perhaps you can explain that to yourself.
“Protesters from all over Britain have traveled to London to join the demonstrations [and] other protests against Trump’s visit are planned in 14 cities and towns”, Reuters notes, adding that “Trump’s last visit in July cost police more than 14.2 million pounds [and] London’s Metropolitan police said 2,591 officers were deployed on Monday for the visit.”
So, when Trump suggests, on Twitter, that there are no protests, just know that, in fact, there is a 20-foot blimp depicting him in a diaper flying outside the British parliament.
Trump held a joint presser on Tuesday with Theresa May and that was a disaster too. At one point, the president described D-Day as “a liberation like few people have seen before.”
Asked to elaborate on the protests (which, again, are real, no matter how badly he wants them not to be) and also to perhaps expound a bit on his decision to respond to criticism from Sadiq Khan by calling the mayor a “stone, cold loser”, Trump came up with a surprisingly restrained rejoinder, which is somewhat disappointing if you were hoping for fireworks.
As you can see, May simply stands there and smiles warily at him.
On Jeremy Corbyn, Trump patiently explained that if you ask him, “people should do things correctly, and don’t criticize.” “I really don’t like critics”, he added, in case that was somehow unclear to everyone two years into his presidency.
Trump on Monday tried to meet with Boris Johnson, who refused, citing the need to do some campaign preparation (i.e., “Oh, I would, but I’m washing my hair tonight”). The two talked over the phone instead.
Easily the most absurd moment came when Trump weighed in on Brexit. The following clip speaks for itself in that kind of way where, because Trump has trouble speaking, his inability to express himself in a coherent way paradoxically communicates everything you need to know about his capacity to sort through complex foreign policy issues.
Earlier Tuesday, Trump teased May with the promise of a “very, very substantial” trade deal.
“I don’t know exactly what your timing is, but stick around, let’s do this deal”, he said.
May steps down on June 7.