Trump Trolls Corbyn

Trump has waded into today’s constitutional debate via his Twitter feed

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.

Trump Raises Half A Million Dollars Selling Plastic Straws

Donald Trump has taken to fighting back against “liberal paper straws” while fundraising for his re-election bid by selling his own branded all-American plastic straws. The straws that sell for $15 per pack of ten are 9″ long, laser engraved, and made in the USA. He’s reportedly raised almost $500,000 selling them already…

“Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today.”
Surprisingly, they are recyclable, and guaranteed to not melt in your drink like “liberal paper straws” or impale your head like eco-freindly metal. Smart marketing…

Trump Congratulates Boris

This will really get the Remainiacs going…

Aussie PM Scott Morrison is full of praise:

Meanwhile Michel Barnier is the senior EU figure to send his congratulations, optimistically tweeting that Boris can now “facilitate the ratification” of May’s failed Withdrawal Agreement. He may be in for a nasty shock…

Boris has also had a congratulatory message of sorts reminding him of another crisis he’s inheriting from May from the Iranian foreign minister. Who surprisingly has twice as many Twitter followers as him…

UK Ambassador to US Kim Darroch Resigns

The UK’s ambassador to the US Kim Darroch has resigned after the Mail on Sunday’s explosive leaks. Darroch’s position had clearly become untenable after the Trump administration froze him out and Trump himself launched a barrage of tweets attacking him directly. Darroch says:

“Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”

Particularly with Brexit going on, the realpolitik is that the UK needs an ambassador who can deal with the uniquely unpredictable and temperamental President of the US, not just an FCO box-ticker and lifelong Europhile. The manner in which Darroch was removed was certainly undignified. That doesn’t mean there aren’t potential replacements out there who would actually be much more suitable for the job…

Read Darroch’s resignation letter in full below:

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Trump Doubles Down on “Very Stupid” Ambassador and “Foolish” May

It’s popcorn time again as Trump continues to rip up every page of the diplomatic rulebook in response to the Kim Darroch leaks:

Say what you really think, Donald!

Labour Continue Decades of Lying About the NHS

The NHS has been under Tory management for most of its life. At almost every election Labour claim that the NHS is under threat from “Tory Cuts”, yet the budget increases as ever. The new twist in their latest campaign is that Trump will be buying the NHS.

Once it was explained to Trump what the NHS was he excluded it from a trade deal, saying “But I don’t see [the NHS] as being, that’s something that I would not consider part of trade. That’s not trade.” Not that the Labour Party will interrupt decades of lying slogans about the future of the NHS…

UPDATE: Here’s US Ambassador Woody Johnson rubbishing the claims that the US wants to privatise the NHS just last week at the CPS’ Thatcher Conference:

Trump: NHS is Not Part of Trade

Labour is trying to claim that the NHS will be sold to US corporations if a free trade deal is done with the US. It won’t and Trump has made clear that it is not even on the agenda. The NHS has been in Tory hands for most of it’s 70 year life. Spending on the NHS has risen ahead of inflation. “Save the NHS” is a tried and tested line from Labour, updated for Brexit. Still bollocks.

Trump Weighs In On Tory Leadership Frontrunners

Trump knows Boris, he knows Jeremy Hunt, he says he doesn’t know Michael Gove despite being interviewed by him in 2017…

Trump’s Late Night Phone Call to Boris

Last night President Trump rang Boris Johnson to offer a meeting during his ‘executive time’ today. The former London Mayor had to turn it down in due to a Parliamentary Hustings organised by the One Nation Group of Tory MPs to which he is committed. A source close to Boris told Guido that the conversation lasted for twenty minutes, and Trump understood that Boris couldn’t pull out of his hustings. Guido understands that he said he “looked forward to catching up at a later date”… This of course means there is definitely a diary gap for Nigel Farage…

Schama on the Donald

Simon Schama on the Donald…

“He’s not a fascist, he’s not a monster, he’s an egomaniac.”

Trump Enters UK Airspace With Attack on Sadiq

Before he has even got off the airplane, the US President has already done his best to create a diplomatic incident. Nothing like making an entrance…

Trump: Nigel and Boris are Friends of Mine

Typically subtle diplomacy four days before his state visit…

Trump Asks Who Theresa May Is

Guido doesn’t blame him…

H/t: Stephen Murphy

Trump Calls For People To “Go Over” Concrete Walls

The Daily Show has dug up an old clip of Donald Trump giving a commencement address to graduating students at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. In it he gives some advice that potential migrants might find useful…

“If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it. Go over it. Go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.”

Trump Demotes EU’s Diplomatic Status Without Even Telling Them

The EU has been getting a taste of its own medicine in Washington DC, with EU diplomats being frozen out of swanky gatherings after Donald Trump downgraded the EU delegation’s diplomatic status from “member state” to “international organisation”. The EU’s fantasies of being a superstate brought crashing back down to reality…

Best of all, according to DW the US State Department didn’t even bother informing the EU about the demotion, leaving them to work it out for themselves as their ‘ambassador’ gradually stopped receiving invitations to parties. The EU finally clicked after he was snubbed at the state funeral for George H. W. Bush, only being called to pay respects dead last after 150 other foreign diplomats had already had their turn. A US official later said they “forgot” to tell them. Try not to shed a tear…

Americans Are Crowdfunding Millions For Trump’s Wall

A US Army veteran has set up an apparently entirely serious ‘GoFundMepage to help fund the construction of Trump’s promised wall along the southern US border. In just five days, the campaign has already raised well over $14 million. Still no sign of Mexico paying for it…

This comes as the US Government shut down in the early hours of this morning, as Trump has refused to sign off any federal funding package passed by Congress that does not include $5 billion for his promised wall.

The crowdfund page points to previous private donations for US Government construction and says that

“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall. That equates to roughly 5 Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall.”

They are currently 0.3% of the way there…

UPDATE: A rival crowdfund page has raised over $100,000 to buy ladders for migrants to climb over the wall.

Trump’s Amazing Grace Moment

With America going to vote in the midterm elections today, Guido thought he would bring you a little flavour flavor of the campaign across the pond. These were the scenes at a Trump rally last night after a woman in the crowd fainted – his enraptured supporters broke into a spontaneous rendition of Amazing Grace as Trump himself nodded along in approval. “Beautiful”…

It’s hard to imagine anything like this taking place in the UK. Unless it’s the Red Flag at Labour Party Conference, that is…

Sadiq Denies All Knowledge of Key Advisers’ Trump Blimp Plot

After Guido revealed that Sadiq’s top team had conspired to overrule the GLA’s original decision not to allow the Trump baby blimp to fly, Sadiq was subjected to a grilling by GLA Conservative Leader Gareth Bacon over what he really knew about the plot.

Despite emails released through an FoI showing that several of his close advisers were key movers in the plot to “lean on” officials to make them reverse their decision, Sadiq continued to insist that he had played no part in the decision, nor had any knowledge of it whatsoever. Guido somehow doubts that his denial will be enough to convince Piers Morgan

It would raise serious questions about Sadiq’s authority if his inner circle at City Hall, including his Director of Communications, Patrick Hennessy, and a number of his direct political appointees, had genuinely taken action on such a high-profile issue without even making their boss aware of it. Is that really credible? As Bacon quips: “Are you involved in any decision making at City Hall, Mr Mayor?”

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Trump’s Sticky Toilet Situation

President Trump boarded Air Force One in Minneapolis yesterday with sheets of toilet paper stuck to his shoe. Guido expects an adviser might get dumped too after this sticky situation…[…] Read the rest

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