THIS IS TRUMP THAT WAS
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 13th June 2019
President, Oh President, where have you been. I’ve been over to London to visit the Queen.
President, Oh President what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under a chair. Meow!
Last week President Trump visited the UK and it seemed to pass, overall, quite smoothly, for a Trump visit in any case, there were very few controversies.
I looked on the internet to check out how the land lay after his visit and found this interesting review on the BBC News website. Here is part of that report
(Three of…) Five things we have learned from Trump’s state visit
By James Landale – Diplomatic correspondent
Mr Trump praised both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in his joint press conference with Mrs May
As President Trump leaves the UK on the final day of the US state visit, what can we say we have learned from the last three days?
- We are all getting used to Donald Trump
Whisper it quietly, but the capacity of the president to shock appears to be waning.
His visit resulted in much diplomatic carnage – the row with the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; the pre-trip newspaper interviews advising on Brexit – but little seemed unexpected, as if Mr Trump was following a script with which we are now familiar.
There were the usual half-lies – the numbers protesting against his visit, about the extent of US-UK trade. There were the abrupt policy changes over whether or not the NHS would be involved in any future trade deal.
And there was the unapologetic advice about who our next prime minister should be, and what policy he or she should adopt over Brexit. But few appeared to be surprised by this.
People will continue to approve or disapprove of Mr Trump, depending on their viewpoint, but somehow the phenomenon that is Trumpism has become normal.
There were fewer protesters on the streets than last time.
The president, in turn, showed he could do modest, conducting a news conference with less bombast than usual where he praised Theresa May’s handling of Brexit.
He even managed to get through an entire day with the royal family without breaking protocol.
This visit seemed to show that for all the reservations some may feel, Britain is beginning to realise that Mr Trump is here to stay and it had better get used to him.
- Britain can still put on a good show
British diplomats can hardly contain their relief and pleasure that the state visit went off with hardly a foot wrong.
“We showed we can still do it,” one told me.
The marching bands, the scarlet Grenadiers, the grandeur of the state banquet, the pomp, the pageantry and the royals, the royals! One senior official described the Queen as “our secret weapon”.
She is clearly one of the few people in the world who can inspire awe in President Trump: the sheer weight of her experience, longevity and acquaintance with eleven of his predecessors placing a lid on the braggadocio – at least for a moment or two.
The Queen gave a speech at the state banquet on Monday night
Only she could have got away with using her banquet speech to deliver a firm message about the importance of the post-war international institutions that Mr Trump distrusts.
This was followed by a successful piece of diplomacy by the UK in getting the president to sign up to a joint D-Day proclamation with 15 other countries in favour of democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.
Did the Queen call out Trump at the state banquet?
The aim was to use the occasion once again to remind Mr Trump of the importance of the international rules-based order and the crucial role the transatlantic relationship has played in that.
But for all the backslapping among Britain’s diplomats, there is still the risk that the success of the state visit and D-Day commemorations is used to cover up the UK’s relative weakness, the vain hope that a display of ceremonial prowess with echoes of past military glory can somehow correct the international damage the Brexit debate has inflicted on Britain’s reputation overseas.
- D-Day holds a special place in our nation’s story…
…but will it be seen as a high-water mark for the special relationship?
At the start of the week British officials emphasised that the D-Day commemorations were the thing that mattered and that the long-delayed state visit was happening only because of the anniversary.
It would be a moment that really mattered – a reminder of the shared sacrifice that formed the foundation of the US-UK relationship.
The danger is that the history and the memories simply put in sharp focus the realisation that the world has moved on, that we are now in a new century where the transatlantic relationship is less central than before.
The focus now is on China and the new bipolar world. The UK has used this visit to remind the president of the importance of the transatlantic relationship, something Britain will need even more once it leaves the European Union.
But Mr Trump has given no evidence that his transactional, bilateral view of world affairs has changed, and that alliances are based not on past nostalgia but current interests. He made it clear that future trade talks with Britain would be hard.
He had no compunction in dismissing Jeremy Corbyn as a “negative force”, a man who as leader of the opposition could one day face him across the table in Downing Street.
It was noticeable, too, how many Conservative leadership contenders were willing to challenge openly Mr Trump’s promise – since revoked – to include the NHS in any future trade deal.
In other words, for all the talk of a special relationship, our future prime minister (whoever he or she will be) was quite happy to define themselves against the US president, even when Mr Trump was in Britain as an honoured guest of the Queen.
…To Me. – During the week I heard one commentator say ‘The Queen is not phased by Donald Trump. With all her years of experience she’s seen it and heard it all before’.
That is so true. She has met so many arrogant leaders in her life and their comments and attitudes have been water off a duck’s back to The Queen. You imagine her and Prince Philip relaxing over a cup of tea reflecting on their day and having a good laugh at the attitudes of some of these people. That’s what you call diplomacy.
We can all learn so much from The Queen on how she deals with the world and the people in it, including Donald Trump, and those like him.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others – Paul o Coelho
Happiness is…admiring Queen Elizabeth II & stepping back from Trump and letting him wash over you
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don’t have film.
Love is… someone who has a sense of humour and owns a screwdriver
TRACK OF THE DAY
Sylvia’s Mother – Dr Hookand the Medicine Show
Highest Chart Position: No.2 29th July 1972
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Thursday 13th June 2019
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