Trump visits UK as a deeply unpopular US president, criticizes PM May...

Trump visits UK as a deeply unpopular US president, criticizes PM May and supports her rival Boris Johnson

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nt Donald Trump visit to Buckingham Palace, June 3, 2019
Pomp and circumstance was the order of the day as the Royal Family welcomed America's first family to Buckingham Palace on Monday.

THE WHITE HOUSE – As President Donald Trump basks in the  spectacle of a state visit with the queen in the United Kingdom, conflicts abound at home and abroad.

Trump visits a country where he is deeply unpopular. In a country where a new poll from YouGov.co.uk shows that fewer than 1 in 5 people in Britain still believe the United Kingdom has “the special relationship” with the U.S., this state visit is a bit of a conundrum.

Over the weekend, Trump referred to Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, as “nasty” in an interview with Rupert Murdock-owned British tabloid, the Sun, after the president learned that she claimed as an American in 2016 that she would move to Canada if Trump were elected president.

The White House claims the report that he called her nasty was wrong, and Trump says she would make a “very good” princess, but audio proves otherwise.

Additionally, the president has taken to political in-fighting in Britain. On Tuesday he meets with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, He has criticized May for failing to secure a Brexit deal and praised her rival, prime minister hopeful Boris Johnson.

Trump told the The Sun that former British foreign minister Johnson “would do a very good job” as prime minister. “I have always liked him. I don’t know that he is going to be chosen, but I think he is a very good guy, a very talented person.”

In addition to Trump’s divisive support for Brexit, his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal have solidified his deep unpopularity in Great Britain. On Tuesday, a quarter of a million of Londoners are expected to march against Trump.

Perhaps banking on that, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, initiated a fight with the president, saying that Trump’s supporters reminded him of “20th-century fascists”.

In a two-minute video, Khan said: “If you’re watching this, your values and what you stand for are the complete opposite of London’s values and the values in this country,” Khan continued. “We think diversity is a strength. We respect women. And we think they’re equal to men. We think it’s important to safeguard the rights of all of us, particularly vulnerable and the marginalized.”

Dually provoked, Trump launched into a Twitter tirade as he flew across the Atlantic. He tweeted:

Meanwhile at home, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges caution and patience in response to calls in her party for Trump’s impeachment, momentum for impeachment seems to be growing. South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-highest-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN this weekend that Democrats are already beginning the impeachment process.

Doug Christian, The White House

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