Rabbit Patching Up Lions Paw

Some tradition-bound observers of the U.S. political scene wondered in awe how a brash Donald Trump could schedule a personal, business-related event in Scotland before he is the official Republican Party candidate for president, and at the very time that Great Britain is undergoing a fateful referendum that will affect its relationship with the rest of the world. Apparently, Trump was concerned only with the inauguration of a seaside, golf course, business complex long in planning under the Trump imprimatur. When Trump Air set course for the British Isles, there were two passengers aboard who did not appear on the manifest: “Brexit” and “Serendipity.”

A few weeks ago, in London, the Prime Minister of England and the President of the United States entertained a press conference. The main topic of discussion was the upcoming referendum on whether Britain should leave or remain as a partner in the European Union. The leaders of both countries expressed sentiments in favor Britain’s remaining with the European Union. President Obama, seemingly more forceful in his advocacy than his host, even suggested that a Euro-separated Britain might be forced to the “end of the line” when it came to trade preferences. That phrase was to come back and haunt him as Donald Trump took a victory lap, while still on British soil, as the results of the referendum became known.

The result was a stunner: Britain out! The announcement came in the wee hours of Friday morning. Since Donald Trump was an advocate for Brexit, U.S. cable channels immediately began to anticipate that Trump would go all, “carpe diem” as soon as he reached the microphones at the prepared event in Scotland. Trump initiated his remarks with a bland statement about the referendum, wishing the best for Britain as it dealt with the outcome of the voting. He then launched into a protracted commercial about the Trump golf complex, its history and everyone involved in its development. Talking heads on all the cable channels were aghast. They found it incredible that Trump did not immediately begin by waving his I-told-you-so” flag and relating the British statist climate, as expressed in the referendum vote, to himself and his expressed desire to extract the U.S. from many of its global commitments. The cable-clutch had forgotten about the priority of Trump’s commitments: business first; politics later. So it was that the post-commercial press conference became the vehicle for that Trump chest- and fist-bump.

The reporters’ questions came fast and furiously. A well-prepared Trump knocked each of them out of the park. Of course, he hailed his own astuteness in anticipating the Brexit triumph. Both Obama and Clinton were excoriated for not having been on his level of perspicacity in sensing the mood of the British people. As indicated above, Obama’s, “back-of-the-line” comment was thoroughly aired. When it was brought up that Brexit probably would please Vladimir Putin, Trump repeated his good feelings for the Russian dictator. He agreed that markets temporarily may be affected, but would improve. Most of all, he pushed the similarity of people in England and the U.S. in, “Taking back their country.” All in all, Trump utilized to the fullest the circumstance of his being on British soil, with the cameras of the world focused on him, as he predicted British withdrawal from the European Union was announced.

It will be interesting to see how all of these earthshaking circumstances may reverberate on this side of the pond, once triumphant Trump Air again alights upon U.S. politically active soil.

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A U.S. lad of Scottish blood
Once got his shoes stuck in the mud.
So, he flew away,
Said another day
Would be for him, after the flood.

Curtis W. Long

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