You’re probably wondering if Trump made a secret trip across the Channel while in Brussels. He did not.
However, he is on the mind of many British people, and certainly the mind of the British Prime Minister after Trump’s administration leaked information about the Manchester Bombing before information was released by the British police, or Home Office. And the British Parliament doesn’t want the man speaking at the Palace of Westminster when he does show up in London next year for an official visit.
What do the British people think of Trump? As the Guardian puts it, if Trump is not a popular president in his own country, the opinion of him in Britain is even worse. To give you an idea how British people feel about Trump, take a look at these numbers:
50%: Dangerous: The most popular word associated with Trump
39%: Unstable: Second most popular word associated with Trump
35%: Bigot: Third most popular word associated with Trump
54%: Percentage of People polled who expect Trump to be below average or awful as a president
55%: Percentage of people polled who say Britain’s Prime Minister (Teresa May) is strong enough to stand up for Britain’s interest when dealing with Trump.
We fly into Manchester, England two or three times each year, and then travel to Lincoln, which is a city about 120 miles from Manchester. We are in Lincoln now, and have been for more than a week.
The bombing at the Manchester Arena where American singer Ariana Grande was performing, killed 23 people, including children, teenagers and adults, who were there to see this amazing singer. Additionally, 116 people were injured, some very critically.
The attack took place in the foyer of the concert hall where many parents and friends were waiting for the 21,000 people to exit the concert. As people were exiting, the bomber blew himself up with a device that first killed him, and then so many people who happened to be in the foyer at the end of the concert hall.
The resilience of the British people is what is significant to me in hour of tragedy for so many families, and friends of the victims of the attack.
“Don’t Look Back in Anger,” by hometown band Oasis, emerged as an uplifting emblem of resilience after Monday’s deadly bombing there. It started with a single person singing at a moment of silence in central Manchester at St. Anne’s Square for the victims of the bombing. According to the Guardian, the singing began when Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow started to sing the 1996 Oasis song. Soon, hundreds of people joined in as they left the Square.
I’m on a VirginAtlantic flight to Manchester, UK visiting a country that we have traveled to over the past 32 years. It’s business and pleasure, but that’s not what this post is about.
Coming to England for more than three-decades, we’ve (my wife and I), met and became friends with many British people. Over a year ago, the British voted to leave the European Union and the result was by a small margin. For many people, it was a shock, and not a welcomed outcome. For other friends that we know, it was a received well. And of course, we know that this action to get of the E.U. was abbreviated Brexit (Britains Exit from the E.U.). They are still not out of the E.U., and the Prime Minister has called for new elections this summer to see if the British still want to leave.
At 5:41 PM, my inbox was flooded with emails from various news sources that announced that President Trump had asked F.B.I. director James Comey in February to close the case on Michael Flynn. The President wanted Comey to shut the case down. Or as Trump put it, “I hope you can let this go.”
James Comey’s abrupt firing as director of the FBI has led some legal experts to claim that Trump’s action represents an abuse of power by an elected government official. Even the president is not immune.
People in power need to be kept in check as the founders imagined by creating three branches of government. Trump either does not believe or disagrees with the Founders, or is being guided by alternative facts that puts the president above the other branches of government, including the Justice Department, and more specifically the FBI.
Comey believed that the FBI needs independence from political intervention. Without independence, the public can not be sure that people in power are held accountable according to the rule of law.
Breaking News: I’m sitting at my iMac, and Wolf Blitzer announces that James Comey, Director of the FBI has been fired by Trump, the Authoritarian. The last time something like this happened was in 1973, when Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. The Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, who Nixon asked to fire Cox, resigned as AJ. The Deputy AJ, William Ruckelshaus was called to fire Cox. He resigned. Finally, Robert H. Bork did the deed (Nixon promised him a Supreme Court nomination). It created a Constitutional Crisis, and for the first time, the Watergate investigation led directly to the Impeachment of Nixon, and his resignation later.
Trump has done to the country what Nixon did. His paranoia led him to fire acting A.J. Sally Yates in February because her interpretation of the Constitution which led her say that the Department of Justice would not support in court Trump’s Muslim ban. Trump fired her. However, she is back. She testified, under oath, at the Senate committee investigating the connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian hacking of the U.S. election.