Trump, butt out of our election

The US president should not be pontificating about the makeup of our next government live on air.

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In the radio coup of the year, perhaps the century, LBC managed to get US president Donald Trump to call in to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage’s show last night.

The interview is a classic of the Trump genre, full of digressions, self-aggrandisement and the odd bit of patent bollocks: he repeated his claim that he predicted the result of the Brexit referendum the day before it was announced while opening his golf course at Turnberry in Scotland (the opening was in fact the day after the result).

But he also barged into our upcoming election by effectively picking out his dream-team future government live on air. PM Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have long ruled out a pact with Farage’s Brexit Party. And Trump said he wished the two Brexiteers would ‘get together’ to form an ‘unstoppable’ electoral pact:

Trump also voiced his concern that Johnson’s re-negotiated Withdrawal Agreement might block a trade deal being done with the US. And he had some choice words for Jeremy Corbyn. He nodded to Corbyn snubbing the state dinner during his UK state visit earlier this year, and said the Labour leader would be ‘so bad for your country… he’d take you in such a bad way’.

He should butt out. Foreign leaders should not be weighing in on the political affairs of other states, let alone a supposedly close ally. Brexiteers were rightly furious when President Barack Obama was wheeled out by the Remain campaign, to say we’d be at the ‘back of the queue’ for a trade deal with the US if we voted for Brexit. And we should be just as furious today about Trump playing fantasy cabinets on our airwaves.

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Ven Oods

2nd November 2019 at 6:34 pm

I thought it was impolite of O’bama, but about average for Trump.
Both should, of course, have known better, but being POTUS is obviously injurious to one’s sense of protocol.

Stephen J

1st November 2019 at 6:06 pm

I am afraid that there is a significant difference between HM Prime Minister and the leader of the Brexit Party in terms of position and power.

The contribution made by President Obama was effectively a message from the British PM, especially as he even used British style English with his threats. Note he did threaten as well.

The current POTUS phoned Nigel in his role as shock jock and waffled on for half an hour, and his words will be forgotten, although hopefully people will remember the bit about trade deals though?

i.e. the bit about not being able to DO THEM under the new/old johnson treaty.

Jerry Owen

1st November 2019 at 5:17 pm

I had to laugh at the BBC the other night … ‘Trump has a rant against Jeremy Corbyn’ was the anchors lead story. Wow! I thought must watch this.. five minutes into the news we hear his ‘rant’ .. Corbyn would be bad for your country, he would be so bad’ , in his usual slow almost monotone voice.
Yup, that was it .. a rant indeed !
Corbyn would be disastrous that is a given, but at least he didn’t try to blackmail voters like Obama did.
If the leader of the free world wants to give his opinion that’s cool with me, and i think Spiked underestimate the voters.. they can think for themselves easily enough.
A big nothing burger article !!

James Knight

1st November 2019 at 3:48 pm

How smug Remoaners were when Obama intervened in the referendum. Good if Trump can wipe the smug smirk of their faces.

Perverted Lesbian

1st November 2019 at 2:42 pm

Between Trump and Farage the pair are going to hand us another hung parliament, I appreciate what Farage has done in terms of getting us the referendum and the launch of the Brexit party to keep the government on their toes, but what is happening now is we are seeing ego’s take control over common sense. This GE is our only chance at any kind of Brexit imo, Farage and his mouth are going to mess it up, the message about Parliament vs the people is going to be drowned out then by the time 12/12 rolls around the anger felt at this parliament will have subsided.
You have to vote Tory in seats that are close between the two main parties and Farage need to F.O

Lord Anubis

1st November 2019 at 1:29 pm

Regardless of what either Trump or Farage said. The remarkable thing about last nights interview is that somebody actually managed to have a half hour, one to one, interview with an active POTUS.

When did that last happen?

Perverted Lesbian

1st November 2019 at 2:45 pm

Can anyone stand the sound of Trump anymore though? I was one of those that enjoyed the spectacle of it all and the butt hurt that followed, but honestly, he is such an ass I cannot stand him, to the point where I find myself hoping that the Democrat party sorts it sh%t out and actually beats him 2020.

quaybored

1st November 2019 at 3:29 pm

The referendum campaign, with Obama on the Today programme. And that caused Leave to win.

Lord Anubis

1st November 2019 at 4:23 pm

This is kind of my point. The Today program is a major network news program. Farage was pretty much getting an interview at a personal level, admittedly as the leader of a notional political party, but really not that much more than that. It seems to me that it was a very unusual interview and the sort of thing that no regular professional politician would have considered. (Another reason why I kind of like Trump really)

George Orwell

1st November 2019 at 1:11 pm

His comment about trade deals is a concern, though. I’d like that clarified since we now have Farage and Trump saying that there is a problem whereas Johnson says there is not.
On my reading it does look like trade deals cannot progress to a conclusion during the transition period and the transition period can be extended indefinitely.

Perverted Lesbian

1st November 2019 at 2:48 pm

Trump is not the be-all and end-all of a trade deal with America, let’s all stop stroking these two’s ego, they are both epic cretins who will have no impact or say of any trade deal we have. Trump is gonna be gone come 2020, Farage’s antics are actually working against Brexit, not for it, the best we can hope for is that these two just stfu.

Jim Lawrie

1st November 2019 at 4:55 pm

Trump is pointing out by implication that America will conclude a trade deal and if we cannot sign then we have not left The EU. If that happens then The Brexit Party loom large. To the American mind, having to defer to another country for your foreign policy is unthinkable.

He had Nigel Farage on the hustings during his election campaign and is repaying the favour. He will further repay it by announcing a trade deal that The UK is not free so sign.

US intelligence services must be telling him that The Brexit Party are not bit players and should be courted. Donald Trump unequivocally supports Brexit. So does Nigel Farage. Boris Johnson does not.

Opinion polls like Panelbase that do not include TBP are designed to make them look small and seem like a wasted vote. They tried that with Brexit and fell flat on their faces.

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