On 28 August, as Boris Johnson sought to suspend parliament, Donald Trump decided to go after Jeremy Corbyn, tweeting:
Would be very hard for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson, especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the U.K. has been looking for, & will prove to be “a great one!” Love U.K.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
But it didn’t go very well for the US president. Because Corbyn responded with a superb takedown.
What Trump meant to say..
Corbyn corrected Trump’s tweet – stating what he thought the president really meant:
I think what the US president is saying, is that Boris Johnson is exactly what he has been looking for, a compliant Prime Minister who will hand Britain's public services and protections over to US corporations in a free trade deal. https://t.co/kcg2jkYi0o
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 28, 2019
One of the reasons Corbyn is critical of a no-deal Brexit is because, as he has previously stated:
a no-deal Brexit is really a Trump-deal Brexit.
It’s vital that politicians like Corbyn stand up to both Johnson and Trump. Because the bottom line is that Trump is a business person. He cares about making good deals (for him and his mates). He doesn’t care about the UK and the prosperity of the country – he cares about what he can get out of it.
So obviously Trump is happy with Johnson’s ‘compliance’. It means he’ll be free to raid our public services in a bargain-basement Brexit deal. And this is something we need to avoid at any cost.
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