School of Politics and International Relations

Trump not seen as someone to take seriously in the UK

3 June 2019

As US President Donald Trump touches down in the UK for his controversial state visit, speculation continues that he plans to meet with Conservative Party hopeful Boris Johnson. “The real fear is that he gets himself involved in the Conservative Party leadership contest by expressing his opinions about what should happen and who should win, particularly if he seems to be endorsing a particular candidate,” said Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. “I think people in the US don’t appreciate that Donald Trump is seen on all sides of British politics as a figure of fun and not someone to take too seriously. Any endorsement by him isn’t likely to do a candidate any good – and might do them some damage.”

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