President Donald Trump met with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on July 11 as part of the agenda for the recent NATO Summit.
The Summit took place in Brussels at the NATO headquarters. NATO Summits are periodic, as the last one that took place happened in May of last year, as opposed to more structured and routine ministerial meetings that take place throughout the year.
These meetings generally serve to introduce high property policy, discuss critical events taking place throughout the world and also introduce new members to NATO.
In the wake of the NATO Summit, the President went to the United Kingdom where he was met with protests and news coverage both before and after his visit. Some of the comments he made in interviews and in other high profile events immediately made headlines. He commented on a wide variety of pressing political matters ranging from Brexit, the nature of the recently revealed and fairly unpopular Chequers deal and politicians themselves.
His remarks related to the British exit of the European Union greatly, and publicly undermined the efforts of the British Prime Minister Theresa May who has been working to garner support for what feels to many like a soft deal on Brexit.
This deal is supposed to help ensure that the United Kingdom doesn’t lose any of its trading partners as it continues the process of leaving the European Union. In making the statements that he did, President Trump has ensured that the deal’s credibility will be severely harmed.
Trump has claimed that he would have handled Brexit negotiations differently than May, and says that British politician Boris Johnson would make a great Prime Minister, adding that he wasn’t “putting the two against one another” in an interview with British tabloid news outlet, ‘The Sun.’ The interview was supposedly published earlier than President Trump was expecting it to be, and thus his negative comments had overlap with his final events and day in the United Kingdom.
“I told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me…” said Trump in the interview. “…deals that take too long are never good ones. If you look, she probably went the opposite way.”
The President’s visit to the United Kingdom sets the stage for further political clashes at the highest echelons of elected office, while also further adding to uncertainty when it comes to paving a path forward for the Brexit.