President Donald Trump gave an interview to the British newspaper The Sun ahead of his trip to the country — and it went about as well as you might expect.
For no apparent reason, he decided to go on the attack against Prime Minister Theresa May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and the nation's immigrants — showing that his bigotry crosses borders.
Trump claimed — dubiously — that he has counseled May to take a different approach to the faltering negotiations over Brexit, saying "but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me." He said she essentially went in the "opposite" direction and that "it is too bad what is going on.”
Since Trump has never demonstrated any deep knowledge of American policy, it's difficult to believe he held the keys to managing as complex a situation as Brexit.
Continuing his bitter and unfounded attacks against Khan, he blamed the mayor for the recent spate of terrorist attacks in London. Trump said Khan has "done a very bad job on terrorism" as he allowed too many immigrants into the city — despite the fact that the Mayor doesn't control migration. The president's eagerness to lay the blame for terrorism at Khan's feet suggests that he's motivated more by prejudice against him as a Muslim, rather than any genuine desire to help the country reduce violence.
But it was Trump's unnecessary broadsides against immigrants in Britain and Europe that really displayed his bigotry.
“Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame," he said. "I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way. … So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad."
He added: “I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn’t exist ten or 15 years ago.”
It's stunning to hear any world leader speak this way about other country's policies, but the glaring anti-immigrant hatred takes it to another level.
"This is incendiary even by his standards," Adrian Morrow, a British reporter with the Globe and Mail, said of Trump's comments.
Aside from Trump's usual hateful spiels, however, there was some genuine insight in the interview. Trump seemed offended that there were so many protests going on against him in the country, though he blamed that fact on the leaders rather than the people. He admits that he doesn't feel welcome in the country's capital.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London," he said.
"He is a very sensitive man, constantly saying how much various people like him," interview Tom Newton Dunn writes. "It clearly pains him today that he is not being welcomed to Britain as a hero and our most important ally."
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