The leaks from the White House are continuing on an almost daily basis and the latest from a long series is an alleged phone conversation between the POTUS and UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May. According to a British tabloid, Donald Trump asked Theresa May to arrange a “warm welcome” end quote for his future state visit, while saying he will not set a date for the respective state visit until he’s sure he’s going to enjoy a “better reception”.
Now, provided the alleged leak is genuine, asking for the British prime minister to smooth things out with the press and the general public may seem a little bit awkward, as after all is said and done, England is not North Korea. At least, not yet. According to the British tabloid The Sun, President Trump made his request during a private phone call conversation with Theresa May, aimed at setting up a state visit which is currently postponed until 2018.
Senior diplomats who’ve already seen a transcript of the phone call told The Sun that the POTUS has said:
“I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.”
and she replied:
“Well, you know what the British press are like.”
Trump went on to saying:
I still want to come, but I’m in no rush.So, if you can fix it for me, it would make things a lot easier.When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before.
According to what has been probably taken out of context, it looks like the POTUS is asking May to smooth things out for his state visit, though it’s not entirely clear how a relatively unpopular British prime minister can make British citizens (or the press) to fall in love with the Donald. In our view, these cherry-picked bits of text (if not completely fake-news) were aimed at making President Trump to look rude while having an inappropriate conversation with Theresa May. Most probably, the Donald was just discussing the best timing for an official state visit.
And yes, the real story is how these private phone conversations between heads of state are leaked to newspapers, both in the US and in the UK.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) July 6, 2017