By Juan Cole / <a href="www.juancole.com/2019/06/britain-protested-predator.html">Informed Comment</a>
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Trump feigned not to see them or imagined them as putting out a welcome mat for him, but the actual reaction of the British public to his visit was profound dismay that he was given state honors.
Members of the protest crowd in London said that they feared Trump as a leader of a global wave of right wing populism, by which I think they mean racist fascism. British society is substantially to the left of the US and even most British Conservatives take stances on things like government services that would make them look like liberal Democrats in the United States.
In an embarrassing press conference Trump seemed to want to dismantle the British National Health Service as part of any trade deal, and he said that “few people know” that Britain is America’s biggest trading partner. That is because it isn’t. It is number 7. China is the biggest trading partner of the US.
Trump has a 21% approval rating in Britain. His predecessor Barack Obama is at 73%.
The opposition Labour Party, including its leader Jeremy Corbyn, joined the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in declining to meet with Trump, who was pointedly not invited to address parliament….