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Professor Tim Bale, Britons to debate Trump visit


In an article covering the debate on whether to withdraw Donald Trump’s invitation for a state visit, Professor Tim Bale says: “Opinion in Britain is very divided. People look at Trump with fascination. For some, it’s horrified fascination. Others admire him as a . . . can-do guy who says a lot of things that many people think.”

Bale said that May’s courting of Trump was probably driven by the Brexit vote and by Britain’s need to cement alliances with new trading partners after it leaves the European Union. Offering the state visit so soon, Bale said, “probably had to do with an assessment of Trump’s character that this is someonewho is susceptible to flattery.”
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