The right side of the pond: Trump's no baby, but he wants Brexit to benefit him

The right side of the pond: Trump's no baby, but he wants Brexit to benefit him

Donald Trump and Theresa May at Chequers. Image: Getty

Friday, July 13, 2018

In his column, talkRADIO presenter Michael Graham gives the US conservative viewpoint on current issues.

So tell me, Great Britain - who’s the biggest baby?

The one floating above the streets of London (stay classy, liberals!), or the whingeing, fist-shaking protesters marching beneath it?

It’s certainly not President Trump. He may be a loud-mouthed oaf, but he can take a punch. Babies, powerless and weak, can only whimper and hope someone gives them what they want. Trump stomps into the room and demands it. Just ask Theresa May and Angela Merkel.

Tom Newton Dunn, the Sun journalist who interviewed the president, says Trump was upset by the protests that greeted his visit. ““He’s well aware of the protests and the lack of a welcome he’s getting, he wants to be loved and a returning hero,” he said.

Nothing personal, Mr Dunn, but you don’t know Trump. He gets more abuse from CNN before breakfast every morning that he got during his UK visit.

Trump isn’t whining - he’s winning. At least, that’s how he sees it.  

Trump 'got what he wanted' from NATO

He launched a tirade at the NATO summit so hot it singed the eyebrows of the Atlanticist Establishment. 

All the proper people complained, the future of NATO was bemoaned and then…Trump got what he wanted: a concession that Europe’s larger economic powers (we’re looking at you, Germany) were not paying their fair share of defense spending on what is fundamentally a military alliance.

That’s a concession even the great Barack Obama - America’s most European (and overrated) president couldn’t achieve.

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Then on to the UK, where Trump set everyone’s hair on fire for pointing out something that’s been on the front pages of London papers for months - Theresa May’s made a mess of the Brexit process.

Why is this scandalous? Because a foreign leader is criticising your domestic politics? That’s a bit rich coming from people who’ve spent the past 18 months denouncing America’s democratically-elected president.

The same Brits who march in the streets to insult America’s president shouldn’t complain when Trump shows up to return the favour.

'Trump believes the UK is a powerful nation'

Not that what President Trump did by criticising the Prime Minister was smart.

Does it undermine support for her “soft Brexit” approach or bolster it by convincing moderates on the other side of the aisle that, “Hey, if Trump hates it, it must be pretty good!”  Only time will tell.

But the fundamental premise of Trump’s critique is that the UK is a powerful nation with more than enough strength and skill to stand for a prosperous future outside European Union.  The “completely different way” Trump says he would have approached Brexit would be from a position of strength. 

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And, as Trump suggested in his Sun interview, part of that strength is the special relationship with the US. A Great Britain-United States anglosphere counter-balance to Europe could be an economic winner for us, a competitor for the EU and an advocate for the values of individual and economic liberty that are under assault around the globe.

In a joint press conference with Theresa May, he made nice with her. He called the US-UK relationship “the highest kind of special”, and on Brexit he said: “Whatever you do is OK with me…. just make sure we can trade with you, that's all that matters." He wants Brexit’s outcome to benefit the US.

If he gets his way, it will be in part because he’s willing to embrace America’s power and use it to advance his goals.  Can the current UK leadership say that?

Whatever your answer to the question, please, stop whining about President Trump. Leave that to the babies with the balloon.