Trump’s talk of a trade deal with ‘everything on the table’ should trip alarm bells

Protesters: Apparently Donald Trump hasn’t seen any.

Was all the flannel spoken at the Donald Trump – Theresa May press conference intended to obscure the terrifying claims about a trade deal, made by the president and not denied by the prime minister?

Mr Trump said he is looking forward to agreeing a “phenomenal” trade deal with the UK, and “everything is on the table”.

Clearly, “everything” includes your National Health Service, your workers’ rights, your environmental protection rights, the standard of goods you will be expected to buy (chlorinated chicken, anyone?) and much more – all heading into a race to the bottom in order to comply with lower US standards.

Mrs May cannily said there would only be a deal if both sides agree, but with Tory leadership candidates who are highly supportive of stronger business ties with the US (read: selling out the rights and well-being of UK citizens), those of us who want to at least maintain the standard of living we have at the moment have a right to be afraid.

Elsewhere in the press conference, Mr Trump revealed himself to be something of a fantasist. He said thousands of people were on the streets to cheer him yesterday (June 3). Like this?

As for the protesters who really have been lining up to make their feelings known, Mr Trump said he had not seen any yesterday, and those he saw today were a very small group.

So he didn’t see these people:

And the small crowd today? They were highly vocal, it seems:

The evidence suggests Mr Trump only sees or hears what he wants to see or hear.

And that is also bad news if he is planning to do a “phenomenal” trade deal with us, post-Brexit.

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  1. nmac064 June 5, 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I think that Trump actually believes his own barefaced lies.

  2. Tony June 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I see that John Bolton was with Trump but carefully hidden away.

    It was Bolton who persuaded Trump to withdraw from the 1987 INF treaty after feeding him a false narrative of Russia violating the treaty. Needless to say, Theresa May has been happy to swallow this nonsense too.

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