Trump In U.K. A Reflection Of Britain’s Political Crisis
Experts have aired their thoughts on the aftermath of U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom. Some noted that the former business mogul's denial of protests against him was similar to Britain's divided politics that didn't help in the Brexit issue.
Digital Editor for Vanity Fair's London office Isobel Thompson wrote in an op-ed for the outlet that Trump's arrival at such a crucial time for Great Britain could play a role in how the country's politics will move forward following Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation on Friday.
It is widely expected that Trump's visit was more than just what it appeared to be. The U.S. president could well have sent a message of trade and alliance with the U.K. as Brexit uncertainty looms.
May tearfully announced last week that she will be stepping down as the Prime Minister amid her failure to deliver Brexit. Since then, parties have been gearing up to enthrone their leader of choice. Among them is Boris Johnson, who is apparently an early favorite.
Early on in his U.K. state visit, Trump appeared to support Johnson in an interview. It was later revealed that the latter turned down a meeting with the American chief. As comedic and farcical as it can be, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah joked about the uncanny resemblance between Trump and Johnson.
"I've never seen two people who look like failed clones of each other," Noah added to his jokes. While people laughed about his comedic comments, some analysts noted that citizens could actually learn a lesson or two from comical shorts regarding Trump.
After all, Trump appeared to be unaware that May has decided to step down from her premiership when he said he was hoping the PM would decide to "stick around" for the potential signing of a trade deal with the U.S.
Trump has been talking about a "phenomenal" trade deal with the U.K. but some analysts said it won't happen any time soon. First of all, Britain has to deal with the Brexit. Unfortunately, the British exit comes with uncertainty at this point since Parliament is busy with the enthronement of a new Prime Minister.
Political experts further argued that before a U.S.-U.K. trade deal is signed by both sides, Britain has to leave the European Union (EU) and fix its political crises before it can tackle Trump's deal demands.
As Thompson put it, "After nearly three years with no progress on Brexit and no plan in place, the United Kingdom remains divided, isolated furiously paralyzed, and in state of permanent political crisis."
Trump has waved goodbye to the United Kingdom for now and is headed to Ireland.