Not yet convinced he has caused enough damage with America’s greatest ally, Trump decides to insult the Queen by lying about his visit with her while trying to walk back his treasonous remarks about Putin and the U.S. presidential election.
CNN reported that: “Trump had one clear mission when he spoke to the press Tuesday afternoon before meeting with a handful of congressional Republicans: Clean up the damage he did on Monday when he broke with the intelligence community by suggesting that Russia might not have been behind the 2016 election interference and arguing that there was blame on both sides of the matter.” [He only managed to make things worse.]
In what appeared to be an attempt to distract, Trump falsely claimed that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her honor guard troops for the first time in seventy years.
“We met with the Queen, who is absolutely a terrific person, where she reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years, they tell me,” Trump told reporters failing to specifying who “they” were and adding: “We walked in front of the Honor Guard, and that was very inspiring to see and be with her. And I think the relationship, I can truly say, is a good one. But she was very, very inspiring indeed.”
However, as CNN reported: “The Queen — who has been on the throne for 66 years, not 70 — regularly reviews a guard of honor from the Household Division.”
And if that isn’t bad enough, his lie came in the wake of his disastrous visit to the United Kingdom last week where he managed to insult the Queen not once, not twice, but three times.
Vice News reported last week that “Trump kept the 92-year-old Queen of England waiting onstage for 15 minutes.”
Continuing, Vice News reported that: “In perhaps the most aggressive British action against Trump yet, the Queen was seen twice checking her watch, even as she continued to stand outside wearing a hat and coat in the middle of the summer.”
The Independent reported that, upon his arrival, Trump committed two more faux pas. First, he failed to bow before the Queen – a first for a head of state. Not yet satisfied, Trump then walked ahead of the Queen.
Writing of the incident, The Independent reported that Trump “quickly defied royal protocol by walking ahead of the monarch during an inspection of the Coldstream guards.”
The British were quick to respond, with one woman tweeting: “What a total and utter arsehole this man is. She’s a 92 year old woman who has devoted her life to serving our country and he walks off without any care for how she’s doing.”
What a total and utter arsehole this man is. She’s a 92 year old woman who has devoted her life to serving our country and he walks off without any care for how she’s doing. pic.twitter.com/2TGZYS2r1Q
— Anna Yearley (@AnnaYearley) July 13, 2018
Another individual tweeted: “I’m not a monarchist by any stretch of the imagination but this is such an insult to Britain. Absolutely clueless, classless, thoughtless, lacking in any dignity and without a shred of respect.”
I’m not a monarchist by any stretch of the imagination but this is such an insult to Britain. Absolutely clueless, classless, thoughtless, lacking in any dignity and without a shred of respect. pic.twitter.com/RBFXe4yZ9H
— Matthew McGregor (@mcgregormt) July 13, 2018
The title of an article by The Guardian about Trump’s disastrous trip said it all: “Trump’s oily and obnoxious personality sorely tests British diplomacy.”
The Guardian went on to rightly predict that Trump would turn his visit with Putin into a disaster reporting: “Trump’s Jekyll and Hyde performance on the opening leg of his European tour – one minute angrily wielding a wrecking ball and the next playing the oleaginous anglophile – will hardly leave European diplomats, especially those in Britain, reassured as they brace themselves for his bilateral summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday.”