Categories for Britain

31,775. 12/13/2019

BRITAIN/BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @ByronYork: Disgraced in US, the Fusion GPS team tries to sell the product in Britain. https://t.co/dRDI4MDcDv

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 13, 2019 9:19 am

31,741. 12/12/2019

BRITAIN/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S President Donald Trump said it was looking like ‘a big win’ for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the British election. Johnson’s Conservative Party was on course for a resounding victory in Britain’s election after voters backed his bid to deliver Brexit on Jan. 31, the country’s most significant geopolitical move in 70 years.”

Kate Holton, “Trump – Looking like a ‘big win for Boris’ in the UK,” Reuters, December 12, 2019 8:25 pm

31,173. 12/3/2019

BRITAIN/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @VP: What’s happening on Capitol Hill is a disgrace and the fact that it’s happening during a @NATO Conference in London is a disservice…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 3, 2019 6:19 pm

31,077. 11/29/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump barreled into London like a bowling ball on his first trip to Britain as president last year, testing the special relationship by criticizing then-Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit in the pages of The Sun ahead of his visit while praising her political rival at the time, Boris Johnson. Mr. Trump is heading to London again next week, this time for a NATO summit marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary. Mrs. May is long gone from Downing Street. Mr. Johnson, still a favorite of the president, is prime minister and facing his own unpredictable election a little over a week after the NATO gathering on Tuesday [12-3-19] and Wednesday [12-41-19]. On Friday [11-29-19], senior administration officials said the visit will include one-on-one meetings with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who recently warned about the ‘brain death’ of NATO and suggested that Europe can no longer assume unwavering support from the United States.”

Annie Karni, “Trump Is Heading to London. Boris Johnson Is Not on His Calendar.,” The New York Times online, November 29, 2019

30,482. 11/11/2019

BRITAIN/LEGAL/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The grieving family of the British teenager who was killed in a motorcycle crash involving a US diplomat’s wife has criticized both the US and UK governments for their handling of the incident, accusing the Trump administration of abusing its power. In an interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, family spokesperson Radd Seiger explained why Harry Dunn’s parents were contemplating legal action against the Trump administration and Anne Sacoolas — the American woman involved in the crash. Dunn, 19, died in August after being knocked from his motorcycle outside a Royal Air Force station in central England that is controlled by the US Air Force. British police say he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling on the wrong side of the road…Dunn’s parents met US President Trump last month, an encounter which left them feeling as if they had been ‘taken advantage of,’ Seiger said in the immediate aftermath of the meeting, as Trump presented them with an unexpected offer to meet Sacoolas, whom he said was waiting in the next room.”

Hala Gorani and Aimee Lewis, “Trump administration ‘abused its power,’ says family of British teenager killed in crash,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 11, 2019 5:14 am

30,340. 11/6/2019

BRITAIN/EU/TARIFFS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain spoke with President Trump by phone on Tuesday [11-5-19], and to judge by the dueling summaries of the call provided by the White House and 10 Downing Street, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Trump were involved in two completely different conversations. The White House said the two leaders pledged to negotiate ‘a robust bilateral free trade agreement once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.’ Downing Street said nothing about a deal, noting instead that Mr. Johnson urged Mr. Trump to lift American tariffs on Scotch whisky. Such divergent accounts of a leader-to-leader call are not unheard-of, but the timing of this one, on the eve of Britain’s general election campaign, was telling. It shows just how much of a liability Mr. Trump has become for Mr. Johnson. Once, the prime minister talked up the benefits of having a close friend in the White House; now he is distancing himself from a figure who is radioactive to many Britons.”

Mark Landler, “A Not-So-Special Relationship: Facing Voters, Johnson Backs Away From Trump,” The New York Times online, November 6, 2019

30,025. 10/29/2019

BRITAIN/LAWSUIT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The family of Harry Dunn, the teenage motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Britain in August, is suing the Trump administration for ‘lawless misconduct,’ a spokesman for the family said on Tuesday [10-29-19]. Mr. Dunn, 19, died after his motorcycle collided with a car that the police said had been traveling on the wrong side of the road on Aug. 27 in Brackley, a town about 60 miles northwest of London. The case ignited a diplomatic tug-of-war between Britain and the United States after the woman thought to be driving the car, Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, claimed immunity and left the country a little over two weeks after the accident. Seeking resolution in the case, Mr. Dunn’s parents have petitioned the highest echelons of government on both sides of the Atlantic, culminating with a meeting at the White House this month that left them disillusioned after President Trump unexpectedly announced that Ms. Sacoolas was in an adjacent room and wanted to meet with them. They declined to do so.”

Iliana Magra, “Harry Dunn’s Parents Say They Will Sue Trump Administration,” The New York Times online, October 29, 2019

28,104. 9/3/2019

BRITAIN/CRIME/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….’knife crime,’ which is totally out of control in London. People are afraid to even walk the streets. He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 3, 2019 9:48 am

28,103. 9/3/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/GOLF/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday. Many Pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks. Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive). President Obama would fly to Hawaii. Kahn should focus on….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 3, 2019 9:48 am

28,101. 9/3/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/GOLF/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadique Kahn, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday. Many Pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks. Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive). President Obama would fly to Hawaii. Kahn should focus on….” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 3, 2019 9:20 am

28,100. 9/3/2019

BRITAIN/CRIME/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….’knife crime,’ which is totally out of control in London. People are afraid to even walk the streets. He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 3, 2019 9:20 am

27,890. 8/28/2019

BREXIT/BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump attacked U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday [8-28-19] for aggressively pushing for a vote of no confidence against newly minted Prime Minister Boris Johnson…Corbyn told reporters he would attempt to challenge Johnson with a vote of no confidence after Johnson announced in a letter to Conservative MPs that he would ask Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament just weeks ahead of the Oct. 31 Brexit date. Critics have contended that Johnson’s surprise move is an attempt to shorten the time MPs have to block a no deal Brexit. Johnson, however, says he want to present a new agenda to the country in a queen’s speech that will open a new session of Parliament, and reassured MPs that Parliament will have ‘ample time’ to debate Brexit. This isn’t the first time Trump has injected himself into the Brexit debate. During a news conference at the G-7 meeting earlier this week, Trump said former Prime Minister Theresa May would’ve been able to cut a deal if she had taken his advice.”

Evan Semones, “Trump attacks Jeremy Corbyn for trying to oust Boris Johnson,” Politico, August 28, 2019 11:00 am

27,806. 8/25/2019

BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump met with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson to discuss the special relationship between the United Sta…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 25, 2019 1:29 pm

27,796. 8/25/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great working breakfast this morning with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson at the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France! #G7Biarritz https://t.co/ISQRFz7kJO

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 25, 2019 3:05 am

27,788. 8/24/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Scavino45: President @realDonaldTrump and Prime Minister @BorisJohnson catching up with each other tonight in France! #G7Biarritz https…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 24, 2019 5:50 pm

27,734. 8/23/2019

BRITAIN/G7/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Britain is unlikely to alter its approach on Iran despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting U.S. President Donald Trump, as the 2015 deal remains the best way to ensure Tehran does not get nuclear weapons, a British diplomatic source said on Friday [8-23-19]. ‘We are strong supporters of the JCPOA (Iran deal). We think that it is very important that Iran doesn’t get the nuclear weapons,’ said the diplomat speaking ahead of the G7 leaders summit in Biarritz, where Johnson and Trump will meet. ‘It is important that it continues and I don’t think you will find any change in the British government position.’ The source said it was critical that Iran fully complied with the accord, but that while Johnson would listen to the U.S.’s position, there would not be a radical change in approach.”

Reuters Staff, “Britain unlikely to change Iran stance at G7 despite Trump meeting,” Reuters, August 23, 2019 4:16 am

27,606. 8/19/2019

BRITAIN/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great discussion with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson today. We talked about Brexit and how we can move rapidly on a US-UK free trade deal. I look forward to meeting with Boris this weekend, at the @G7, in France!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 19, 2019 6:55 pm

27,163. 8/3/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @KTHopkins: The nipple-height Mayor of Londonistan has NEVER been so unpopular. He has MINUS approval ratings because we are stab-city.…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 7:27 am

26,758. 7/20/2019

BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “With the incompetent Mayor of London, you will never have safe streets! https://t.co/pJqL1NjyvA 

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 20, 2019 5:41 am

26,422. 7/10/2019

AMBASSADOR/BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The swift downfall of Britain’s ambassador in Washington has rattled diplomats who are warning that the leak that led to it, as well as Donald Trump’s bullying along the way, is harming foreign service work around the world. Kim Darroch’s resignation Wednesday [7-10-19] came after withering criticism from the president, who was incensed over leaked private diplomatic cables in which Darroch said Trump ‘radiates insecurity’ and that his administration was ‘dysfunctional.’ The dust-up is just the latest to occur after the public airing of sensitive diplomatic cables — an era that kicked off a decade ago when WikiLeaks began publishing troves of America’s classified cables. And it illustrates the increasing challenges facing diplomats wishing to share blunt and unflattering assessments. Trump’s furious reaction — he called Darroch a ‘pompous fool’ and threatened to stop working with the diplomat — didn’t help, either, former officials said. Diplomats across the globe essentially lead two lives: a public one in which they are cautious about what they say, careful to avoid upsetting host countries; and a private one in which they are duty-bound to report honest, unvarnished analyses about their surroundings with the governments they represent.”

Nahal Toosi, “Trump’s British ambassador takedown unnerves diplomats,” Politico, July 10, 2019 1:39 pm

26,406. 7/10/2019

AMBASSADOR/BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Ask members of the Washington diplomatic corps about the cables that Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador who resigned Wednesday [7-10-19], wrote to London describing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump administration, and their response is uniform: We wrote the same stuff…So did Mr. Darroch, who, alone and with Mr. Araud, tried to navigate the minefield of serving as the chief representative of a longtime American ally to a president who does not think much of the value of alliances. Mr. Darroch submitted his resignation the morning after Boris Johnson, who this month is likely to become Britain’s next prime minister, notably declined during a televised debate to defend the diplomat and also refused to criticize President Trump…He came to that conclusion after he found himself in the vortex of what for years has been the definition of a classic Washington gaffe: He was caught in public saying something that is widely believed. It would have been stranger, his diplomatic colleagues said, if Mr. Darroch had been writing cables describing the Trump White House as a smooth-running machine.”

David E. Sanger, “‘It Could Have Been Any of Us’: Disdain for Trump Runs Among Ambassador,” The New York Times online, July 10, 2019

26,388. 7/9/2019

BRITAIN/FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the infamous ‘dossier’ on President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, was interviewed for 16 hours in June by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, according to two people familiar with the matter. The interview is part of an ongoing investigation that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has been conducting for the past year. Specifically, Horowitz has been examining the FBI’s efforts to surveil a one-time Trump campaign adviser based in part on information from Steele, an ex-British MI6 agent who had worked with the bureau as a confidential source since 2010. Horowitz’s team has been intensely focused on gauging Steele’s credibility as a source for the bureau. But Steele was initially reluctant to speak with the American investigators because of the potential impropriety of his involvement in an internal DOJ probe as a foreign national and retired British intelligence agent. Steele’s allies have also repeatedly noted that the dossier was not the original basis for the FBI’s probe into Trump and Russia.”

Natasha Bertrand, “Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling,” Politico, July 9, 2019 12:19 pm

26,352. 7/8/2019

AMBASSADOR/BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump celebrates his bond with Queen Elizabeth II. He is less charitable about those who serve her. On Monday [7-8-19], Mr. Trump said the White House would no longer deal with the British ambassador to the United States after the envoy described the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept” in confidential cables that were leaked. The president also accused Prime Minister Theresa May of botching Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union, reviving a critique he first leveled against her a year ago. Mr. Trump’s criticisms, delivered in a pair of midday tweets, were a rude farewell to Mrs. May and a British leadership that is likely to be replaced in the coming weeks by harder-line, pro-Brexit forces more to the president’s liking. In his rebuke of the ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, Mr. Trump came close to declaring him persona non grata — an extraordinary breach between the United States and one of its closest allies. The British government scrambled to repair the damage, dispatching its trade minister to Washington to apologize to the president’s elder daughter, Ivanka Trump.”

Mark Landler, “Leaked British Cables Critical of Trump Lead to Diplomatic Uproar,” The New York Times online, July 8, 2019

25,782. 6/15/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “He is a national disgrace who is destroying the City of London! https://t.co/l3qcUS17jh 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 6:17 pm

25,778. 6/15/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse! https://t.co/n7qKI3BbD2

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 1:47 pm