President Trump, Brexit And Parliament discussed on Morning Edition


Martin. Donald Trump junior has written a provocative op Ed in London's telegraph newspaper in the peace. President Trump's eldest son argues that British Prime Minister Theresa may should have listened to his father's advice about Brexit NPR's Lennon correspondent Frank Langfitt is with us now. Hi, Frank and good morning, Rachel. So this is kind of unusual. What is the crop of Don juniors argument? Well, what he says is Brexit and Trump supporters are basically brothers in arms fighting for independence against a global elite. That's trying to overturn popular votes. And in America, what he says he cites officials who have discussed apparently reportedly removing his father from office using the twenty fifth amendment to the constitution. Here. He finds the parallel in the in the UK are Brexit politicians who say Prime Minister Theresa may is trying to sabotage Brexit with this deal. That she can't seem to get through parliament. They could keep Britain tied to the EU indefinitely. And here's one of the money quotes. He says why is this important for Americans because Brexit is an example of how the establishment elites try to hurt the will of the people when they're given the chance, and he also says democracy in the UK is all but dead. Wow. So how's that going over? I mean parallel between Brexit in the in the Trump revolution. He is. And what's interesting here is the language is extreme by any standard. But some Brexit tears, and certainly the far-right press here would largely agree with him. And I'll give you an example, you know, many of Brexit tears and others feel that maze deal, which she's struggling with doesn't deliver on the referendum of two thousand sixteen. And that's one reason it keeps getting voted down in parliament. There's also talk of a second Brexit referendum this infuriates, Brexit supporters. They say democracy isn't a best out of three vote. And even some people who were in support of remaining in the you don't want a second referendum for just this reason. So there is there is something here not so much in the language, but the idea that does that would resonate to some degree with some Brexit ears. But what about more broadly in the British population? I mean is anyone saying, hey, Don, jR, business? Yeah. They are. So so people who support remain on Twitter or pretty dismissive as you would imagine David lamb. He's a member of parliament with. Labor the opposition labor party. And here's what he wrote this morning. Donald Trump junior telling Britain democracy is dead. Is it a joke? The same Trump junior who met a Kremlin linked lawyer at Trump Tower in June two thousand sixteen after he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. So you get a lot of some of the response this morning on Twitter is really given all the problems and scandals that the Trump administration has faced you're giving us advice. Right. What about trees? May. She waited. She has not. And I'm sure she won't go near this at all. Yes. So many other problems share. This is just not something that she wants to go near she's having trouble. She has to go back to Brussels to the EU probably tomorrow and ask for some kind of short extension because they can't get this through parliament here. One thing. That's interesting, though, is that I think wall some of the ideas here would resonate ordinarily the context in the messenger are probably the problem. You know, this is the son of a president. This is a very strange thing to to see with is not what normally happens in foreign policy, and the other thing is that the idea that people in the United States would be giving advice to politicians in the United Kingdom when both sides of the Atlantic. Are it's sort of unprecedented levels of political chaos. Just doesn't seem to make much

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