Donald Trump meeting with Queen Elizabeth II is one of those things you just need to see to believe, and even then, it still looks photoshopped. The U.S. president and First Lady Melania Trump are in the U.K. for two days this week between the NATO Summit in Brussels yesterday and Trump’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the weekend. Naturally, a visit with the Queen was on the agenda for the trip. It makes sense, but boy, was it weird to watch.
The Trumps arrived at Windsor Castle for the meeting Friday afternoon and were welcomed by Her Majesty with a royal salute by a Guard of Honor and the American national anthem. Trump then took a turn with the Queen to inspect the Guard before the whole party headed inside for afternoon tea. What we would give to be a fly on that wall.
— ITV News (@itvnews) July 13, 2018
Earlier in the day, President Trump met with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May for a politically charged one-on-one. Meetings between Trump and his allies are often awkward and tense, but this was probably one of the worst. Why, you ask? Because about 12 hours before this meeting, Trump blasted May for her handling of Brexit and said that he “told [her] how to do it but she didn’t listen.” Audio of the interview was posted on The Sun‘s website shortly after, which made Trump’s joint press conference with May even stranger.
When asked about his comments on the PM, he outright denied criticizing her, dismissed the question as “fake news” and said the publication failed to include all the positive things he said about May. He also refused to answer questions from CNN, calling the network “fake,” and moved immediately to take a question from Fox News instead. That’s some terrifying gas lighting and authoritarian behaviour if we ever saw it.
Trump seems to think he came up with the idea of recording interviews to ensure accuracy.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 13, 2018
President Trump refused to take questions from CNN’s Jim Acosta at today’s news conference with PM May: “CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN. John Roberts of Fox. Let’s go to a real network.”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 13, 2018
He doesn’t seem to be fooling anyone in the U.K. though. Before the president even arrived, mass protests were organizing in London and other places around the U.K. The highlight of the festivities was a giant orange diaper-clad Trump baby balloon maneuvered around by protesters wearing “Trump Babysitter” shirts. And yes, the balloon was even approved by the City of London.
— Vincent McAviney (@VinnyMcAv) July 13, 2018
— Chris York (@ChrisDYork) July 13, 2018
— CNBC International (@CNBCi) July 13, 2018
Seriously, how are we going to explain this moment in history to our grandkids?