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Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:03 PM

Britain is in crisis. So why is President Trump coming to visit?

By Anne Applebaum


Clearly, he’s not coming to town to conduct any important business, to do any deals or negotiate any treaties: There isn’t anybody to negotiate with. He might issue some threats — he reportedly plans to say he will cut off intelligence cooperation with Britain if it continues to do business with the Chinese company Huawei — but the British cabinet isn’t in a position to coordinate a response, so it hardly matters. Nor will his presence enhance the fabled, albeit somewhat shopworn, Anglo-American relationship. His last visit to Britain was a PR catastrophe. He insulted the prime minister, he embarrassed Queen Elizabeth II, and he even managed to annoy the Sun newspaper, a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid that attacked him as “Fake Schmooze.” At the time of his last visit, 77 percent of Britons disapproved of the U.S. president, and there is no reason to think those numbers have improved.

From London’s point of view, the visit makes no sense, either. British attempts to humor Trump, to engage him, have all failed. The soon-to-be-ex-prime minister Theresa May’s efforts to forge a relationship with Trump backfired, adding to her widespread unpopularity. Aware of his toxicity, the leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have said they will not attend a state banquet in his honor. The duchess of Sussex — the British royal family member formerly known as the American actress Meghan Markle — has also indicated that she will not meet the president of the United States.


But other members of the royal family have, it seems, no choice. A state visit, as opposed to a working visit, implies extensive time spent with the queen, who is head of state, up to and including that Buckingham Palace banquet. And this, it seems, is the point. Trump will not accomplish anything, either for the United States or for Britain. But he will achieve something that is, for him, actually more important. He will be photographed with some uniquely recognizable, world-class celebrities: the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry. They will all be there, doing their duty, because they have to. And Trump’s compulsive, narcissistic need to be the center of attention will be serviced.

Everywhere he goes, Trump is bored by working meetings and rude to those who attend them. He can’t make deals or negotiate because he doesn’t know enough about the issues. But where there is empty pomp and circumstance — a French Bastille Day parade, or the Queens’ Guard standing at attention outside Windsor Castle — he is impressed and pleased. The logistics of this visit, like any presidential visit, are immense. The British state will spend 18 million pounds (about $22 million) on his security; the U.S. taxpayer will spend many multiples of that sum; hundreds of hours will have been wasted on planning. And all so that one man’s fragile ego can be boosted for another day.

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Apparently ,he's bringing all five of his grifter children at taxpayer expense. Even Tiffany, who he barely acknowledges.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:24 PM

1. I think it's getting a little too warm, personally and politically,

for tRUMP here in the US. He himself admits that "I'm fucked" by the truth of the investigations.
What better place to catch a flight to Russia than from England?

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:31 PM

3. I wish he'd seek asylum in Russia. From what I've read, this was planned by Theresa May

back when Brexit was supposed to happen in March. They planned on schmoozing Trump to get a trade deal and they know he's impressed by "empty pomp and circumstance".

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:26 PM

2. putin probably wants him to fire up the brexit crowd...

make sure there is no move for a revote, keep them motivated. The EU extended the "deal" deadline way back to give them more time which is dangerous for putin's efforts to destroy the UK as they might use that time to revote, so he is dispatching drumpf to help ensure that doesn't happen.

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Response to Takket (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:33 PM

5. Nigel Farage is howling because May banned him from Downing Street functions as long as

Trump is there.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:33 PM

4. He wants to show his dead mother than he is the Emperor

of the Holey Moran Empire.

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:35 PM

6. Lol!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 03:09 PM

7. This has been my question all along.

I cannot understand it. Other than Trump's vain, narcissistic need to have him and his white trash family photographed with the royal family, it seems to be nothing more than a grandiose photo op. I find the whole thing repugnant.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 03:15 PM

8. in these last paragraphs,

she nails the essence of Trump:

And this, it seems, is the point. Trump will not accomplish anything, either for the United States or for Britain. But he will achieve something that is, for him, actually more important. He will be photographed with some uniquely recognizable, world-class celebrities: the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry. They will all be there, doing their duty, because they have to. And Trump’s compulsive, narcissistic need to be the center of attention will be serviced.

Everywhere he goes, Trump is bored by working meetings and rude to those who attend them. He can’t make deals or negotiate because he doesn’t know enough about the issues. But where there is empty pomp and circumstance — a French Bastille Day parade, or the Queens’ Guard standing at attention outside Windsor Castle — he is impressed and pleased. The logistics of this visit, like any presidential visit, are immense. The British state will spend 18 million pounds (about $22 million) on his security; the U.S. taxpayer will spend many multiples of that sum; hundreds of hours will have been wasted on planning. And all so that one man’s fragile ego can be boosted for another day.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 03:19 PM

9. He wants that carriage ride, and I understand the Royal family will accommodate him

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 03:51 PM

10. Our Secret Service won't allow it

Even if the Queen were to let Chump ride in the "golden" carriage - and it's doubtful she would - the carriage isn't bulletproof. It's made of very old wood, leather, and regular safety glass. There's no way the Secret Service guys could make that carriage safe or bulletproof, and they'd never allow him on it.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 03:59 PM

11. Oh, it will be reasonably safe, and you're missing the point.

The queen will have a mess of coins in her change purse and ride on it for a fun photo op, then goad the orange anus to join her.

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