Trump not welcome here?

June 1, 2016

 

Donald Trump at his Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, Britain August 1, 2015. REUTERS/RUSSELL CHEYNE/FILE PHOTO

Forget Brexit: It’s all about the golf course. Donald Trump has announced that he is going to the UK the day after Britons decide whether to remain in the European Union, but implied he will not be using the trip either to speak out on the referendum or to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Instead, Trump said only that his planned visit was for the official opening of his golf resort at Tunberry following a $290 million refurbishment.

British voters seem unlikely to be sorry about that.

Trump has already said he’s unlikely to have a good relationship with the British leader after Cameron called Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States dangerous and stupid.

As for Brexit, Trump’s views still seem to be taking shape.

In a Hollywood Reporter feature published today, Trump first hesitated when asked about Brexit, then told journalist Michael Wolff ,”Oh yeah, I think they should leave.” (Writes Wolff: “[I realized] that his lack of familiarity with one of the most pressing issues in Europe is for him no concern nor liability at all.)

Trump was less declarative back in March, when he told The Telegraph that he didn’t want to give an opinion as to what Britain should do, but gave his prediction instead: “I think they (Britain) may leave the EU, yes, they’re having a lot of problems.”

British readers, meanwhile, were quick to add their own brand of snark to news of the Trump visit.

“Dear America, please keep extremists in your own country, regards, Britain,” wrote one Facebook user on Reuters UK.

 “ENGLAND always Welcomes A HERO,” wrote another.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Elizabeth Culliford and Arlene Getz

 

 

 

 

 

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