It is sometimes suspected that Donald Trump speaks like a broken record. That he does not have many arrows to his bow, and that for this reason he finds himself repeating the same and by now worn-out war horses to different interlocutors.
His tweet yesterday morning, dedicated to Theresa May, reiterated the same concepts exposed 15 days ago (and we remember with what disappointing results) the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: “My administration is looking forward to negotiating an agreement large-scale commercial with Great Britain. The potential is unlimited! ”
The message to the British premier, disastrously enveloped by the consequences of a Brexit that she did not want but which she stubbornly committed to managing, is the usual invitation to deal with the United States alone, definitively widening the gap that already divides London from Europe. Inevitable, as already proposed in vain to Kim, the enormous advantages that would derive from the assent of May to the “indecent proposal” of the American president, Trump was even more explicit during his White House talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
The Stars and Stripes leader expects that a second referendum on the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU will not be held (“It would be very unfair to those who have won”, he said) and that a solution is reached rather that in fact initiates the breach sanctioned by the popular vote of June 23rd, 2016.
There have been personal criticisms of the head of the British government: Theresa May. Trump said that by far he would rather have to do with Nigel Farage. According to him, he is in trouble because he “did not listen to me on how to negotiate” with Brussels.
After that, the US president switched to attacking the European Union directly – one of his favourite activities: forgetting the trade truce that last July… “if the EU does not speak with the United States, we will impose duties on their products”. A more than probable reference to the European car industry, which has a thriving market across the Atlantic.
In other words, Trump confirms his worst attitudes by entering legally in the negotiating game between London and Europe. His priority goal, keeping the internal consensus, tries to pursue it by demonstrating to his potential voters (next year he intends to reconquer the White House) that he will consider nobody so as to be able to “save American work”. That nobody, unfortunately, is us, his European allies.