TRUMP VISIT: BAROMETER OF POLITICAL POWER

  29-Jun-2019 12:53:34

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The fate of any organization is largely dependent upon the head of the organization. Ever since Donald Trump took charge as the US president, he has introduced a whole new set of policies with a pinch of nasty decisions that have impacted the world directly or indirectly. We could go on and on about his threats to the outside world, for instance withdrawal of The United States from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and NATO, revoking of broadcast licenses and many more. He is an interesting and outspoken person but at the same time, he is seen as a daring personality. He enjoys taking risks, pushing the limits, and seems to thrive on excitement. But such people are hard to work with because they are impulsive, downplay their mistakes and have no regrets.

President Donald Trump was on a three-day trip to the United Kingdom. Before he had even emerged from Air Force One, Trump had publicly endorsed Boris Johnson in his bid to be the UK's next prime minister, advised Britain to exit the European Union with or without a deal. He even called London Mayor Sadiq Khan a “stone cold loser” in a tweet.

The first day of his trip included a ceremonial welcome which was attended by the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The ceremony was held in the garden of Buckingham Palace. After the welcome, the Duke of Sussex joined the group for a private lunch at the palace. Alongside, supporters of the human rights charity Amnesty had put up five banners facing the US embassy on the Vauxhall Bridge, that read “Resist sexism”, “Resist racism”, “Resist hate”, “Resist cruelty” and “Resist trump”.

The following day, Donald Trump and Theresa May hosted a business breakfast in the presence of the Duke of York at St. James Palace. Eminent business leaders also attended the meet, including Barclays CEO Jes Staley, GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Emma Walmsley, BAE Systems chairman Sir Roger Carr and the National Grid's John Pettigrew. After this, Trump visited Downing Street for talks with Theresa May, where they discussed a wide range of issues. The ban of Chinese telecom company Huawei from 5G British networks being the agenda of the talks. Earlier this month, the company was blacklisted from US supply chains over national security concerns. Though the US had asked its allies not to use Huawei's 5G technology because of fears that China could use it to spy on Western powers, Britain appeared to defy the order.

His next day started with a business breakfast with Theresa May, who presented the US president with a framed reproduction of the 1941 Atlantic Charter, which sets out the principles of free trade and collective security that formed the basis of the post-war peace. He then went out on a tour of the Churchill War Rooms, a bunker-turned-museum underneath Whitehall in central London and took part in a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

He is seen as a controversial figure due to his policies from an executive order that restricts entry to the US from certain countries, to the wall with Mexico, and his rejection of the Paris climate deal that has provoked criticism, both domestically and internationally. Many have opposed the visit, tens of thousands of people gathered in central London to protest against him. There was also a six-metre "Trump baby" blimp depicting the president as a nappy-wearing infant inflated outside the Parliament. The British establishment did make its point against Trump’s divisive, infectious approach to the world order albeit in a subtle, stiff-upper-lip kind of a way.


By: Simran Gogia