Welcome to LibertyNation.com’s exclusive series covering President Donald Trump’s historic visit to the United Kingdom. The politics, the media, and the inside track on the president’s first official state visit to the junior partner in the Special Relationship. Welcome to Day 1.
After a brief working trip last year, the next few days will be President Donald Trump’s first official state visit to the United Kingdom. And it’s already sparking controversy among the chattering classes.
The traditional pomp and circumstance of a state visit will be on full display as the president embarks on his historic tour beginning today, June 3, and culminating in a D-Day commemoration on the fifth.
President Trump arrived in the U.K. shortly before 9 a.m. local time, greeted by U.S. ambassador Woody Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is likely to bid for a shot at becoming the next British Prime Minister. The president will meet with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace where he, Melania, and several of his children will have lunch. Later, the President will take tea with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, followed by a tour of Westminster Abbey where he is expected to lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier.
However, the real action kicks off in the evening with an official state banquet, where high-ranking members of Parliament, the soon-to-be ex-Prime Minister, and other worthies will be in attendance. Notably, the opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and Speaker of the House John Bercow have refused the invitation. The two men who openly oppose President Trump’s view on just about everything have received a fair amount of negative press and charges of hypocrisy for the snub.
Corbyn, in particular, has attended official functions and meet & greets for various world despots, members of the IRA, and those who speak out for terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas. Yet, he turns his nose up at meeting the leader of the U.K.’s greatest ally.
As if Corbyn were not bad enough, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was keen to spread the idea that his attitude towards Trump represents the bastion of British values, criticizing the idea that President Trump should be warmly welcomed. He said:
“I don’t think we should be rolling out the red carpet. I don’t think this should be a state visit … Our closest allies are akin to a best friend, and the thing about a best friend is that, of course, you stand shoulder to shoulder with them in times of adversity, but you’ve got to call them out when you think they are wrong. And there are so many things about President Donald Trump’s policies that are the antithesis of our values in London, but also our values as a country.”
Not one to take an insult lying down, Trump responded just as Air Force One landed in London by tweeting that Khan, “who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……” The president added, however, that he was still eager to arrive on U.K. soil: “I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. ”
The second day will be pure politics. President Trump will be meeting with various politicians throughout the day, including outgoing PM Theresa May. But the British media, loathe as they are to provide any real news, will be focusing on the organized public protests that are due to take place throughout the day. Rumor has it that there may even be a brief meeting with Mr. Brexit himself, Nigel Farage.
Despite what the BBC would have the world believe, the entirety of Britain does not hold harsh feelings toward the president. In fact, the well-funded organizations behind the protests have had to arrange coaches from all over the country to bring in protesters. As of Sunday evening, most of the coach tickets were still available for purchase. The Unite Union – little more than a wing of the Labour Party – has also organized coaches for its members to be bused into the protest.
The actual demonstrations will take place in and around Trafalgar Square and have been orchestrated primarily by an outfit operating under the name Stop Trump Coalition. However, a little more digging shows that this supposedly grassroots organization is anything but. Liberty Nation will be looking deeper into these dark roots in tomorrow’s Day 2 briefing.
The image below shows what happens when those obsessed with intersectionality and group identity get put in charge of things. It’s the “guide to the different blocs,” yes, “blocs” that will be attending. Know your place! And we will have pictures of the “chlorinated chicken bloc” for your amusement on Tuesday.
The last day of the visit will see President Trump head to Portsmouth, which was one of the major departure points for vessels in the D-Day landings. There will be commemoration ceremonies taking place before he leaves for a brief meeting in Ireland and then on to France to meet with Emmanuel Macron.
Make sure to check back in for Day 2 of this series, tomorrow, where we’ll be bringing you all the latest news on the protests, and exposing exactly who is behind them.
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