President Trump has not yet visited the UK since his inauguration, although British Prime Minister Theresa May traveled to the White House soon after the 2017 inauguration.
Now, it’s Trump’s turn to head across the Atlantic Ocean and meet with May. He has plans to do just that on July 13th, when the two leaders will discuss key issues. The announcement of the trip had barely left the White House when protestors in Great Britain spoke out. Did they respond with glee and any indication that they are about to roll out the red carpet? No way. In fact, just the opposite response was unleashed. Many people in the country announced that they will take to the streets with protests against Trump during his visit.
May’s office said “further details would be set out in due course.” So the protestors are not specifically rising up against something in particular that the two leaders plan to discuss. Trump and May have, for the most part, worked well together.
An amicable working relationship has definitely not existed between Trump and another British leader, however. That is, Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, has had an ongoing feud with Trump for quite some time.
“If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear,” Khan tweeted. “He will also no doubt see Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.”
Khan and Trump have expressed definite opposition toward each other for quite some time. For example, in the wake of the attack on the London Bridge, Trump took to Twitter to express his sentiments about the job Khan was doing:
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
Khan expressed disdain and claimed Trump was acting immature. And he is not the only British leader who’s expressed negativity toward Trump and his plans to travel to their country. Jo Swinson, who is deputy party leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, expressed her thoughts on the planned protests:
“The Government has made the right decision to cancel Trump’s state visit, but this scaled down trip must not be met with scaled down protests. Protesting against a man with dangerous, misogynistic and racists views is our responsibility. It is our opportunity to stand in solidarity with all the people he has abused and denigrated. When he comes to the UK the Liberal Democrats will be front and centre of the protests.”
Believe it or not, the anti-Trump protests in July could be the largest that Great Britain has ever seen. At least, that’s what British law enforcement are expecting. It is interesting that British citizens’ largest protests have not been against truly important issues that have sobering impact on their country, such as the serious issues of immigration and violence. No, they choose to protest the U.S. president who is actually their ally and could do them a lot of good if they would only open up their ears and minds and listen to him.
The response to Trump among British leaders is definitely divided. Although those that oppose him have been vocal, his supporters have praised him just as enthusiastically. For example, Boris Johnson, who was previously the mayor of London, said the following via Twitter:
“FANTASTIC news that President @realdonaldtrump will at last come to Britain on 13 July. Looking forward to seeing our closest ally and friend on the Greatest visit ever.”
The U.S. has long been an ally of Great Britain, from World War II to the recent Syrian attacks and many times in between. Citizens of England and throughout that region would do well to remember that Trump, as representative of the U.S., is their friend, not their foe.
To say that Trump is racist is pretty ridiculous. Trump has people of various races, including Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in his cabinet. Already during Trump’s presidency, unemployment rates among African-Americans and Hispanic Americans has dipped to historically low levels.
Come July, we shall see if the protests pan out to anything major or not.
~ Conservative Zone