Trump’s four-day visit to Britain has left us none the wiser as to its importance and impact on many political issues vis-à-vis with his talks with Theresa May.
If one strips his visit of all the pomp, niceties and ceremonial conviviality, what one is left with is utter confusion, following the erratic and contradictory statements that came out Trump’s mouth. In the space of twenty-four hours he rubbished May’s Brexit plan in uncompromisingly offensive terms to later shower her with compliments and praise as a person and a Prime Minister although, getting carried out along the way he stated also that Boris Johnson would make a good PM. Is his naivety or a calculated approach? That Trump doesn’t like the EU is no mystery and for this reason the harder Britain’s Brexit is the better, although his bone of contention with Europe is limited to his notion that America has been treated abominably by the EU in terms of custom duties. After stating that a soft Brexit would compromise a Britain-USA trade deal, he later said that no matter the outcome of Brexit there would be a deal.
Queried about Putin and his next meeting with him in Helsinki, he preferred, as he has done so far, to skirt around the question and saying nothing new. We all know that he has called him a friend some times and a competitor some other times, only pointing out that he would have acted differently from his predecessor with regard to the Russian annexion of Crimea.
If we are now getting used to Trump’s modus operandi and accept the fact that he is not a politician but a business man who says things as he sees them, the feeling that we do not know where we stand with him is ever growing.