The Queen of England gave a speech which reiterated the Pledge of Mutual Support that Churchill made.
“I heard there were protests,” Trump said during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday. “I said, ‘Where are the protests?’ I don’t see any protests. I did see a small protest today when I came — very small. So a lot of it is fake news, I hate to say.”
Trump’s efforts to minimize opposition to his presidency on the first stop of a week-long tour of three European nations represented his latest attempt to misrepresent his public standing and rewrite perceptions about the popularity of his agenda — an effort that began on his first week in office, when a White House spokesman argued, against evidence, that the president had the largest inauguration crowd in history.
So a visit to Britain was always going to be a minefield for Trump. Although attracted by the pomp that British royalty dishes up, he has also been leery of a population that largely dislikes him and comes up with inventive ways to show its disdain. He told Prime Minister Theresa May during his first year in office he didn’t want to visit if he’d be met with mass protests, according to one account.
Midway through a three-day trip to Britain, Trump declared a victory of sorts, telling a news conference on Tuesday that predicted large-scale protests never materialized. Standing beside May in Durbar Court, at the Foreign Office, Trump said: “I heard that there were protests. I said, ‘Where are the protests? I don’t see any protests.’ I did see a small protest today when I came, very small, so a lot of it is fake news, I hate to say.”
Yes, protesters in central London carried through the streets a large statue of the 45th president sitting on a gold-painted toilet, phone in hand. Yes, the “Trump baby” blimp, which debuted above Westminster last year during a presidential visit, was lofted into overcast, drizzly skies as Trump met privately with May to talk about future trade deals. And yes, a group of critics puckishly projected the president’s approval ratings in Britain alongside Barack Obama’s to illustrate how little he is liked here.
But, in Trump’s telling, that’s only part of the story. He said that as he’s motorcaded around the city over the past two days, he’s seen “thousands of people on the streets cheering.”
There are ways to shield a visiting president from street images he may find unpleasant. At one time in the planning of this trip, Trump was supposed to ride to Buckingham Palace in the traditional horse-drawn carriage. That idea was scuttled, though, when authorities warned the ride would be difficult to police. Instead, Trump arrived to greet Queen Elizabeth II by helicopter, landing in a secluded part of the palace gardens on Monday with no view of the street.
If the president was determined to evade the protesters, though, the protesters made sure to find him. In many ways, the demonstration resembled the mass protests that took place when Trump visited last year. Then, like now, thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square wielding signs saying #DUMPTRUMP, TRUMP NOT WELCOME, and BUGGER OFF!
The British Players arrive at the Creative Casino to play for all the marbles.
Sir Ian Easton was the head of College of Defence Studies in Washington where I believe he met Rena. It appears Ian Flemming opposed the entrance of Americans into this unit, and his Bond novels were a coded protest. I am sure he knew about Flemming’s feelings, they discussed on a regular basis, especially when the Bond movies came out. Did Ian marry Rena in hope of employing her in a real spy drama, but, she proved, difficult?