Donald Trump is currently in the United Kingdom for a three-day working visit. Tensions are already running high, with protests against the president staged across the country. And now, an interview with Trump that ran in a British tabloid has stirred even more controversy.
The interview, published July 13th in The Sun, covered everything from Trump’s opinions on Brexit to his disdain for London mayor Sadiq Khan. It was also peppered with several outright false statements (aka…lies), as well as offensive comments on immigration in general.
The president condemned immigration to Europe, calling it “a shame.”
Many were quick to point out how strongly Trump’s words reeked of white supremacism.
Trump also claimed his approval ratings were “better than Abraham Lincoln’s.”
At another point, he seemed to try to appeal to England’s sense of patriotism by saying,
However, the nations that make up the United Kingdom have always represented themselves in the World Cup games, so this comment just reveals Trump’s ignorance about international affairs.
He also trashed Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit, claiming she had ignored his advice on the issue. He then threatened to revoke a U.S. trade deal with the U.K. if the country continued to work with the EU on certain trade regulations. And finally, Trump insulted London Mayor Sadiq Khan, intensifying the feud between the two leaders. The president told The Sun that Khan has done a “terrible job,” specifically attacking the mayor’s approach to curbing terrorism and crime.
Perhaps most outrageous of all, Trump later claimed that the interview — which was on the record and recorded — was “fake news.”
By insulting May and Khan, and by blatantly lying about the contents of an on-the-record interview, Trump could quickly make an enemy of one of the United States’s most trusted allies. We’ll be watching for updates on the rest of the president’s visit — and hoping that it goes well.