Donald Trump considers Britain a & # 39; blood brother & # 39; and & # 39; a portion of its DNA & # 39; – and he is not overly harassed by the prospect of trinkets or protests during next week's state visit.
That is what the American ambassador to Britain says, a long-standing friend and supporter of the American president who will be welcomed by Buckingham Palace on Monday by the queen and her family, prior to the 75th anniversary of the D -Day.
In an exclusive interview with the email, Ambassador Robert & # 39; Woody & # 39; Johnson expresses that Mr. Trump's goal here is to pay homage to the people who gave everything 75 years ago & # 39; and the & # 39; extra-special & # 39; America's relationship with the UK.
In an exclusive interview with the email, Ambassador Robert & # 39; Woody & # 39; Johnson expresses that Mr. Trump's goal here is to pay homage to the people who gave everything 75 years ago & # 39; and the & # 39; extra-special & # 39; America's relationship with the UK
Mr. Trump is extremely looking forward to the Queen (& # 39; unique & # 39;), the Prince of Wales (& # 39; they are doing very well & # 39;), the Duchess of Cornwall (& # 39; a riot & # 39;) and the Duke of Sussex (& # 39; a good voice & # 39;)
It is a relationship, he adds, that goes much deeper than just politics. Mr. Trump is extremely looking forward to the Queen (& # 39; unique & # 39;), the Prince of Wales (& # 39; they are doing very well & # 39;), the Duchess of Cornwall (& # 39; a riot & # 39;) and the Duke of Sussex (& # 39; a good voice & # 39;).
We meet at the beautiful American cemetery and memorial outside of Cambridge. It is Memorial Day, America & # 39; s equivalent of Remembrance Sunday, and Mr. Johnson attends a wonderful outdoor service for a flight in the first Dakota to drop American paratroopers over Normandy on D-Day.
According to the ambassador, June 6, 1944 represents the high water mark of the special relationship. & # 39; That Alliance was sealed with blood.
We gave everything we had. Britain gave everything it had – and the result was victory over the evil that was in Europe. & # 39;
He welcomes plans for the new Normandy Memorial (supported by the Mail), which will honor all 22,442 British troops who died during the invasion, pointing out that it will be a further reminder of what the UK and the US have achieved together .
& # 39; We owe each other so much. & # 39;
The Duchess of Cornwall has already visited the Winfield House residence of the ambassador for a charity function. & # 39; She's a riot. She is the real deal & # 39 ;, says Johnson
That is why he is more astonished than irritated by the prospect of demonstrations next week, not to mention politicians such as Jeremy Corbyn, who have emphatically announced that they will be deposing the state banquet for Mr Trump. & # 39; It's interesting. I would like to talk to them, & says the ambassador, picking his words with diplomatic caution.
According to him, the anti-American rhetoric never fully corresponds with reality. & # 39; I don't know those people. I mean, they're out there, but when they come to visit me, I don't see it. & # 39;
He SAYS that he has visited cities all over the country and finds a completely different sentiment among the general public.
& # 39; We depend on each other. You are our largest investor and vice versa. So we are bound together in business, but also in so many other things.
We are like blood brothers – well, we are. So how come there will be protests? & # 39;
In terms of strategic goals, he says there is one simple, overarching goal for this visit: & # 39; For the special relationship – & # 39; extra special & # 39 ;, as the president says – to be even better able to deal with an increasingly dangerous world. & # 39;
Mr. Trump, he says, is proud of his British blood, being 50 percent Hebridean. & # 39; His mother was born here, so I think he has it in the DNA.
It is a part of who he is. So I think by nature he has a good understanding of what we are doing here. & # 39;
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has indicated that he plans to break the state banquet for President Trump
The mood seems considerably calmer than anticipating Mr Trump's first presidential visit to London in July last year, but major protests are expected along the way.
Will Mr. Trump be offended? & # 39; It will not be a big shock because I think he understands the psychology of the country and where it really comes from.
Much of it is agitation on social media & # 39 ;, says Johnson. & # 39; I don't think he's paying too much attention to that. & # 39;
I would point out that there were no similar protests during Mr Trump's visit to Paris in 2017, mainly because the French authorities had ordered the demonstrators to go to another part of the city on pain of arrest.
Would Mr Trump prefer President Macron's strong-armed tactics?
The ambassador is philosophical. & # 39; Every country has its own culture. The culture here is more similar to what we have (in the US), & he replies.
& # 39; The purest form of democracy is one that is sometimes very unpleasant because you can express your deep reservations or beliefs. But at the end of the day you will come up with a more sustainable society. & # 39;
He and his president are optimistic about the prospects of Brexit Britain. & # 39; I am very optimistic when I look at the UK. I'm actually a businessman. I look at risks & rewards and resources and what I have to work with. You have them all here. It is ready to go. & # 39;
His only warning is to repeat that there is no prospect of a free trade agreement with the US unless Britain leaves the EU customs union.
The great-grandson of the founder of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical empire, Robert Wood Johnson, 72, was born in great prosperity but continued his career away from the family business in real estate and sports.
He is best known as the owner of the New York Jets American football team, worth £ 2 billion, and for his philanthropy in the fight against medical conditions that have affected his own family, in particular diabetes and lupus (an auto- immune disease).
After his first marriage and three children, he remarried two young sons who are now in school in the United Kingdom.
As a result, he has a strong interest in rugby and cricket. Like most US ambassadors in the UK, he is not a career diplomat but a president appointed.
Despite suggestions that the Prince of Wales (left at Camilla) and the President will cross swords on the issue of climate change – their opposing views on the issue are known – Mr. Johnson disagrees
Prior to the state visit, he welcomed the queen for dinner at Winfield House, his luxury residence in Regent & # 39; s Park (Buckingham Palace is the only house in London with a larger garden).
& # 39; I am her 19th American ambassador & # 39 ;, he says with a genuine sense of surprise. & # 39; She has a level of enthusiasm that is so unique and that is probably why she is rushing forward at full speed. & # 39;
Despite suggestions that the Prince of Wales and the President will cross swords on the issue of climate change – their opposite views on the issue are known – Mr. Johnson disagrees.
& # 39; They are going to do very well, & # 39; he says, & # 39; because they have so much that they match. I know they will do that. & # 39;
The Duchess of Cornwall has already visited Winfield House. She was a recent guest at a charity dinner and made a great impression.
& # 39; She's a riot. She is the real deal & # 39 ;, says Johnson. & # 39; I have a lot of respect for the duchess. & # 39;
Of the younger members of the royal family, he is only acquainted with the Duke of Sussex: & Harry and I have done some things with war veterans.
There was a walk through America and I helped them a little bit to set it up. & # 39; He points to Harry & # 39; s international success with the Invictus Games and adds: & # 39; He is really very good. He is a good voice. & # 39;
Much will be made of the fact that the visit is the swan song of Theresa May, but Mr. Johnson would like to put things in the right perspective. & # 39; The royal connection is the most important. When you think of the & # 39; special relationship & # 39 ;, it doesn't really have much to do with politics. & # 39;
That feeling was shared on Downing Street yesterday, when a spokesperson acknowledged that Mr. Trump and Theresa May & # 39; a discussion & # 39; about her leadership before adding: & # 39; This is a very deep and long-lasting relationship between our two countries that is clearly greater than any prime minister, or president. & # 39;
For Mr Johnson, the urgent challenge is accommodation.
Due to renovations at Buckingham Palace, the Trumps will have to stay in place – and it is no small party.
The president and the first lady are expected to meet with daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, plus her brothers and sisters, Tiffany, Donald Jr. and Eric.
Fortunately, Winfield House is the only diplomatic residence with almost as many rooms as the palace. & # 39; We can meet what the president wants & # 39 ;, says the ambassador. & # 39; I will not have to take anyone out. & # 39;
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