CHICAGO TRIBUNE – July 11, 2018: President Donald Trump signaled he was ready for a transatlantic brawl Tuesday (July 10) as he embarked on a consequential week of international diplomacy, taking aim at vulnerable British Prime Minister Theresa May and suggesting that meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin might be easier than talking with Western allies at the NATO summit here.
European leaders converged on Brussels fearful of what the combative U.S. president might say or do to rupture the liberal world order, with some European diplomats privately predicting calamity.
As he departed Washington on Tuesday (July 10), Trump stoked the deep divisions in May’s government to undermine the leader of America’s closest historic ally on the eve of the NATO meeting. Asked if May should remain in power, Trump said, “That’s up to the people,” while also complimenting her top rival, Boris Johnson.
Some of Europe’s counters to Trump, including May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arrive with heavy domestic political baggage of their own, making them vulnerable in negotiations with Trump as they seek to protect the Western alliance from his impulses on defense spending and trade.
Anti-Trump protest in Brussels expected THOUSANDS, got DOZENS
NTK NETWORK – July 11, 2018: The article highlights that the “Make Peace Great Again” organizers were expecting a few thousand people to protest President Trump’s visit, but only a couple dozen showed up, according to Euro News Damon Embling.
“Make Peace Great Again” organizers were expecting few thousand protestors to gather outside the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday (July 11) evening to protest President Trump’s attendance, but only a couple dozen demonstrators showed up.
THE SUN – July 12, 2018: President Donald Trump today gave Prime Minister Theresa May a proper rinsing, accusing the PM of wrecking Brexit — and warns that she may have killed off [into the unrecoverable devil’s pit] any chance of a vital US trade deal.
The US President fired up his photon radar and locked on, delivering his nuclear-missile verdict on her negotiating strategy in a world exclusive interview with The Sun newspaper. Wow, explosive.
In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr. Trump said Theresa May ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy, according to The Sun.
And he went further in what appears to be a prophetic utterance, warning her that any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very highly unlikely.
And Mr. Trump said, to which the major news media repeated: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.” And said that Theresa May’s new soft Brexit blueprint would ‘kill’ any future trade deal with the United States.
His explosive comments could become deeply damaging to the PM, as he delivers his most brutally honest verdict yet on Britain. (BattleForWorld: Don’t mess with the Trump.)
YAHOO – July 14, 2018: President Donald Trump found time to attack CNN, NBC and the British tabloid The Sun, and offer fashion advice to a fourth news organization, while talking to reporters Friday (July 13) with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The leaders faced sharp questions at a news conference following their talks, which came between a reportedly contentious meeting of NATO representatives and Trump’s upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Frequent Trump foiler Jim Acosta of CNN tried to ask a question at one point and was rebuffed by the president.
“CNN is fake news,” said President Trump. “I don’t take questions from CNN.
Let’s go to a real network,” Trump said, pointing to John Roberts of Fox News Channel. Roberts asked if there was any way that relations with Russia would improve as long as the country occupied Crimea.
And a day earlier, Trump took a question from CNN’s Jeremy Diamond following the meeting with NATO. And as Friday’s session with May was breaking up, Acosta shouted, “Mr. President, will you ask Putin to stay out of U.S. elections?”
President Trump answered yes.
‘More American’: Trump Wants Air Force One Painted Red, White & Blue
SPUTNIK NEWS – July 12, 2018: US President Donald Trump wants to paint future Air Force One jets in the US flag colors of red, white and blue instead of the current design, which features a white and robin’s-egg blue color scheme, according to a Thursday report by Axios. (BattleForWorld: As always, Trump On.)
The desire to update the Boeing 747s’ external look is aimed at giving the plane a “more American” appearance, the report says. There is said to be some disagreement about the plane’s aesthetics: some US Air Force officials reportedly prefer the current color scheme, which has been around for 55 years.