THEY DIDN’T ELECT A DIPLOMAT, DID THEY? – No surprises here; we all knew what Trump’s style is like all along.
Donald Trump today accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit — and warns she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal.
The US President delivers his incendiary verdict on her negotiating strategy in a world exclusive interview with The Sun…
His comments, damaging to the Prime Minster, come as he delivers his most brutally honest verdict yet on Britain in which he also:
- Accused EU leaders of destroying its culture and identity by allowing in millions of migrants
- Tore into London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not standing up to terrorists
- Blamed Khan for spiralling crime in the capital
- Insisted former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make “a great Prime Minister”
- Denied once branding Theresa May a “bossy schoolteacher”
- Maintained he would keep ties with Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin despite the Salisbury Novichok poisonings
- Demanded Britain and other Nato countries spend more on defence
- Spoke of his sadness at feeling unwelcome in the capital by anti-Trump protesters
- Claimed millions of Brits backed his policies
- Told of his pride at taking wife Melania to meet the Queen
This on the heels of telling Germany off for its energy dependence on Russia and telling NATO allies to pull their fingers and start contributing to their own defence.
I can’t remember the last time the foreign policy establishment’s gnashing of teeth has been so loud, from the usual suspects on the left to the neo-ex-cons like Bill Kristol, Max Boot and Robert Kagan. Trump is basically singlehandedly trashing the international liberal order, with “the United States as rogue superpower, neither isolationist nor internationalist, neither withdrawing nor in decline, but active, powerful and entirely out for itself” (that’s Kagan).
Far be it for me to argue with the foreign policy establishment; I will let the more knowledgeable experts debate why hardly anyone has gotten hardly anything right in the world affairs over the past few decades. I can only add my own personal opinion that perhaps once in a while the world does need someone who won’t do “business as usual” anymore and will actually shake the roof. While it’s not true to say that we could hardly do worse (we could do much worse), it is true to say that we could definitely do much better than the mediocre, which has been the international golden standard of the post-Cold War world. If shouting at the Europeans will actually make them spend more on defence then clearly it’s a better course of action than continuing to converse in pieties while tolerating the house of cards status quo. European have for too long been Elois, not allies.
P.S. The photo of the summit.
P.P.S. European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker is drunk again, stumbling all over the blue carpets. This is The Best of the EU(TM).