Trump Disrespects the UK, Again
In an interview with British channel ITV, Trump criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, proclaiming she’s mismanaging the exit from the European Union (i.e., Brexit), and that he would have taken a “tougher”’ approach to the negotiations. One question, how does he know what tactics May is taking? He’s not even involved with the negotiations to bring Brexit to life.
Before Britain voted to remain or leave the European Union; Trump didn’t even know what Brexit was. But now he’s the expert on all things Brexit (?). And now we’re all supposed to believe Trump knew Brexit would win in June 2016 — as he stated in the interview with ITV — despite all evidence that suggested Remainers would win.
Elaborating more on his thought of how Prime Minister May was negotiating Brexit, here’s what Trump had to say:
“Would it be the way I negotiate? No, I wouldn’t negotiate it the way it’s negotiated … I would have had a different attitude.”
A different attitude how?
Details in 1, 2, 3…
Trump, loves to make himself the authority of everything. He lives in the ever-present mindset of “me, me, me, me, me.” S.E. Cupp, the host of HLN “Unfiltered” calls this the “solutionist.”
In her column, “Here Come The Solutionists To Solve All Your Problems,” Cupp perfectly describes the solutionist as one who “…leads with the solution and skimps on the details of getting there.” Cupp echoed this descriptor from a New York Times column, “The Perils of Perfection,” written by Evgeny Morozov who describes the“solutionist” as “pervasive and dangerous ideology.”
Without an ounce of introspection and insight on the discussions between EU authorities and Theresa May, Trump’s “tougher,” on exiting the European Union is irresponsible and disruptive to maintaining good relations with our ally.
Seriously, how long does Trump think he can get away throwing vulgarities against the United Kingdom and their Prime Minister, Theresa May?
Recently, Trump demanded May ban protest against him; never mind the United Kingdom is a democracy like the United States. Last year, he claimed May hadn’t done enough to counter terrorism; proclaiming London host Islamic terrorists. Trump’s disregard for truth is staggering. Narrowing falsehoods against an ally is neither prime nor proper.
Degrading a country that has fought alongside us is irresponsible, especially when the ally isn’t deserving of the ridicule. Does Trump not know that the United Kingdom has had our back in countless wars: “World Wars, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan.”
Then there were Trump’s attack (s) against the London Mayor during the midst of countering a terrorist attack. Instead of offering support, all Trump did was criticize.
“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” Trump tweeted.
Trump participated in the bullying of the London Mayor, but for no other reason, it excites his base to attack Sadiq Khan due to his religious affiliation, Islam.
Least we forget his childish reaction when May responded to Trump retweeting videos from the far-right hate group Britain First, saying “I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.”
Trump, in response, “.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”
May was and is, focused on her country.
Did Trump not think May wouldn’t respond, considering he’s associated her country with Islamic terrorism, as if, our country doesn’t deal with the same threats.
Reality: Trump is childish and is an undignified overconfident man. The tactic of solutionism and overconfidence may have won him the White House with a plurality of voters, but this won’t solidify our ally, not in the longer term, if the unnecessary attacks continue.
May is doing what she needs to do to get Brexit done, including setting the Brexit date, March 29, 2019. Meanwhile, we had a government shutdown just to reset the discussions on DACA to February 8, 2018. And we didn’t even have to go through that chaos because we had a bipartisan bill, but Trump reneged, after saying he was on-board.
Are we really supposed to believe Trump would do a better job negotiating Brexit better than May?
Certainly not me.