After months and months of delays, U.S. President Donald Trump finally went to the United Kingdom this week. His time in the country will consist of a working visit rather than the more formal, pomp and circumstance oriented state visit he had been offered previously.
Just because the intensity of his visit got toned down doesn’t mean that U.K. protests against him have been toned down, however. In a talk with the British outlet The Sun, Trump aired his grievances with the protests, saying they made him feel “unwelcome.”
Protests against the U.S. president in London include a giant blimp that depicts Trump as an angry baby. Referencing this, Trump said:
‘I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London. I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?’
Yeah, Trump, that’s the point of the protests — to make you feel unwelcome. It’s convenient that you caught on.
Despite his acknowledgement of the basics of the situation, Trump still opted to hold tight to his fantasy world where he’s enacting positive, world changing policies left and right that are earning him the broad approval and praise of the masses.
After the above cited comments about certain interests in London making him feel unwelcome, Trump continued:
‘When I say that I am talking about government because the people of the U.K. agree with me. I get thousands of notifications from people in the U.K. that they love the President of the United States. They want the same thing I want.’
Is he talking about Twitter notifications from people in the U.K. who support him? Seriously? He’s basing his view of the world on Twitter notifications?
There’s a literal giant blimp depicting him as a baby out there for anti-Trump protests in London, but he’s sticking to the defense that according to his Twitter notifications, everybody loves him.
He wasn’t even done. Although it’s not clear where on Earth he got information about a poll along these lines, he claimed to The Sun that in some poll, somewhere, he was found to be the “most popular person in the history of the Republican Party, beating [Abraham] Lincoln.”
There’s just no immediately available information confirming what Trump claimed there as fact, and it’s not as though anyone expects to stumble onto such information anytime soon.’
In other words, the blimp depicting Trump as an out of control, flailing baby is pretty on point — no insult to babies intended.
In the end, the U.S. president will be spending just one night in London, going on from there to the prime minister’s estate for talks while hundreds of thousands of people protest him back in London. Those talks, like so many other components to the Trump administration, are not poised to go excessively smoothly, with him having griped to The Sun about May’s struggle with the exit of the U.K. from the European Union.
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