Donald Trump is currently selecting the people who will form the next US government. But he decided to apply pressure to the UK government at the same time. On 22 November, President-elect Trump made a public call for UKIP leader Nigel Farage to be made UK ambassador to the US. The reaction from UK voters has been frank and fast. And not in the way Trump might have hoped.
Donald Trump’s government is a monster’s ball
Trump’s choices for the next US government are questionable, to say the least.
He has nominated neo-Nazi Breitbart propagandist Steve Bannon to be Chief Strategist. Climate change denier Myron Ebell is his pick to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And Trump’s chosen Attorney General is Jeff Sessions. A man deemed too racist to be a federal judge in the 1980s.
As Senator Elizabeth Warren puts it:
He promised to ‘drain the swamp’, and after one week we’ve seen what Donald Trump’s promise means: nothing. His word, his promise to the American people, is worth nothing.
Trump’s pick for UK ambassador
Trump has now called for unelected interim UKIP leader Nigel Farage to be given a prominent role in the UK government. This went down well with American Trump supporters. But UK voters did not agree. Instead, they decided to give Trump an education in British ‘straightforwardness’.
— Near deGrasse Tyson (@DrNeilTyson) November 22, 2016
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) November 22, 2016
— ben daniels (@bendanielsss) November 22, 2016
It wasn’t just voters who responded, either. UK members of parliament made their views on the matter known too.
Sorry. We are a sovereign nation and make our own decisions. https://t.co/dbuXM4Hm7E
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) November 22, 2016
If we're going to have Farage as an ambassador for anywhere can it be somewhere far away without good communication links, like the moon?
— Justin Madders MP (@justinmadders) November 22, 2016
— Neil Coyle (@coyleneil) November 22, 2016
There can be little doubt about how disastrous a Trump-Farage axis of Western power would be for a world in a state of violent flux. Both men represent the very worst of imperialist bravado, when much of the world is already in flames from the misadventures of presidents and prime ministers before them.
Trump may be getting a better schooling in British diplomacy from social media than anyone ever got from Trump University.
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