Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump recently claimed that he had been invited to meet with British Prime Minster David Cameron. However, the office of the Prime Minister has denied Trump’s invitation saying,”It’s long-standing practice for the prime minister to meet with the Republican and Democrat presidential nominees if they visit the UK. Given the parties have yet to choose their nominees, there are no confirmed dates for this.” Like several of Trump’s claims, this one had a kernel of truth, but it certainly shouldn’t be taken at face value.
Trump made this claim during an interview with Joe Scarborough when the “Morning Joe” host criticized Trump for some of his attacks on Cameron. Trump replied that it was Cameron who attacked him, saying:
‘…He came after me a little bit. And by the way, he would like me to visit 10 Downing Street. They put out that invitation about two days ago. I’ll do just fine with David Cameron. I think he’s a nice guy. I’ll do just fine. But they’ve asked me to visit 10 Downing Street. And I might do it.’
Trump went on to say that he thinks he and Cameron will have a great relationship and that the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom will be stronger under his administration than it is right now. This is in contrast to a previous statement Trump made where he claimed that he and Cameron might not have a good relationship. In an interview with Piers Morgan, Trump said that “It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship. Who knows, I hope to have a good relationship with him but it sounds like he’s not willing to address the problem either.”
The “problem” Trump is referring to is Muslim immigrants. Last December, Cameron criticized Trump’s plan to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. as “divisive, stupid, and wrong.” Trump responded by, first, reassuring us all that it is not stupid and is, in fact, ‘”just the opposite.” He also went on to claim that he is a unifier and claimed that President Barack Obama was the divisive one.
In Trump’s defense, Cameron did say that Trump’s visit would unite the UK against him, so that’s something. Despite their rather strong disagreement, Cameron’s office has said that they will work with whoever is elected President and is committed to maintaining a strong relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.
Trump has spent a good deal of his campaign talking about what a great businessman he is and how he’s great at making deals. He’s claimed his business experience would help him unify Washington, but it looks like Trump is getting a head start on alienating one of the United States’ key allies. Granted, Trump isn’t even his party’s official nominee yet and it’s likely a lot of what Trump said about Cameron was just his usual bluster, but the whole controversy does cast doubt on Trump’s claims of being a great unifier.