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What to Remember from Trump’s Visit in the United Kingdom

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U.S president Donald Trump’s visit in the United Kingdom caught the public eye for a week. From diplomatic faux pas to an awkward body language, the trip was far from flawless.

A few hours before landing, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was described by Donald Trump as “nasty” in an interview he gave to the British newspaper the Sun. While the Sun proved it taped the interview, the president denied he said such a thing.

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While landing in London, Donald Trump criticized the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, for doing a “terrible job” and showed his support to Boris Johnson to replace Prime Minister Theresa May who recently resigned, while Brexit seems to have put a particular uncertainty in the country. 

A few diplomatic faux pas

Across media channels, American people all agree: Donald Trump has hindered the reputation of the United States across the ocean.

According to Wired, the trip  had a bad preview – even before Donald Trump even put a foot on the British soil. As a matter of fact, a few days prior the trip, “the US president was insulting a member of the royal family just days before being scheduled to meet with them” as the BBC reported.

While the president denied, the tape was shared across social media, a few hours before his arrival. As the United Kingdom is one of the most diplomacy-savvy countries in the world, there was a high risk that this would several hinder Trump’s stay for the start.

Did the trip benefit to Trump Organization?

As it turned out, the president travelled with all his family, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump and his son, Jared Kushner, who has been in hot water recently for laundering money.

Read on Alvexo: “Did Trump and Kushner Laundered Money via DB?”

Many experts wondered why Donald Trump’s family was part of the diplomatic trip, while U.S president usually only travel with their spouses.

While the president’s family members have all the right to travel at the same time, the public opinion was shocked to learn that taxpayers paid for all the members’ expenses.

But, there is more to it: “Trump is president, his sons Eric and Don Jr. are running the Trump Organization, which the president still profits from,” CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz told Newsweek.

According to Libowitz, Eric Trump was mainly part of the trip to visit the American Trump Golf Club located in Scotland, which is owned by the Trump Organization.

“The Scottish property does business with the United Kingdom government and is impacted by the government’s decisions,” Libowitz said. “The Trump brothers have a vested interest in making money for their father in the United Kingdom”, he added.

Boris Johnson, the new PM?

During his visit, Donald Trump said that Boris Johnson would “do a very good job. I think he would be excellent”, he shared in the interview to the Sun.

He also added that he met Boris Johnson last summer and thought he had “all the skills”. Moreover, Donald Trump also had a joint press conference with current Prime Minister Theresa May.

While May has been described as the most criticized Prime Minister of all times in the country, Donald Trump said during the conference “I have greatly enjoyed working with you. You are a tremendous professional and a person that loves your country dearly”.

This created a vivid reaction among the British politicians, public personalities and journalists.

It looks like Donald Trump did not follow the diplomatic rule to remain unbiased and chose to express his personal preferences. “No American president has intervened as directly and unapologetically in recent years in British affairs as Trump”, concluded Stephen Collison from CNN.

On the other hand, left-wing Labor Party’s candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, asked to meet with Donald Trump but the meeting did not happen. However, Corbyn was invited to attend a state banquet held by Queen Elizabeth II in honor of Donald Trump. Corbyn politely declined.

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Note: The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of Alvexo on the matter.