Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Trump’s oily and obnoxious personality sorely tests British diplomacy

The contradictory US president’s inclination is to side with those who want to break up the EU

Donald 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.

It is this meeting – the two men have met only two and a half times before according to Trump’s own arithmetic – that contains the most serious risk to the battered western alliance.

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‘Unprecedented unpredictability’: UK braces for Trump visit

No 10 hopes it can find a way to instil some discipline into the Great Disruptor during his visit

Sandwiched between the psychodrama of his confrontation with his Nato allies, and the amour of his summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, there was a chance that Donald Trump, a president who thrives on controversy, might treat his interlude in England and Scotland with indifference.

Related: UK on different route to Brexit than people expected, Trump says

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