ICYMI: Admitting He Feels ‘Unwelcome,’ Trump F…

ICYMI: Admitting He Feels ‘Unwelcome,’ Trump Finds New Ways to Offend the British:

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Donald Trump was invited to a state visit to the U.K. just one week into his presidency, but as he cultivated a feud with one of our closest allies, the trip was repeatedly delayed due to the threat of massive protests, and downgraded to a “working visit” — meaning Trump would be denied his golden-carriage ride.

Trump couldn’t let this humiliation stand, so he found a way to ensure that the headlines during his trip would focus on his scorching attacks, not the insults hurled at him by large swaths of the British public.

Just after he dined [with Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband] at the family home of Sir Winston Churchill in Oxfordshire — the first in a series of stops designed to keep him from protesters — the Rupert Murdoch–owned newspaper the Sun published an interview in which he bashed… May’s Brexit plan, suggested her rival Boris Johnson would make a great prime minister, and blamed his old foe Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, for terrorism in the city…

The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials thought the story would appear on Friday morning, and were startled to see it online as they left the dinner. An official said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had alerted the British about the interview, but thought it would be more positive. That seems doubtful, as Sun reporter Tom Newton Dunn said Sanders was in the room during his wild, half-hour chat with the president. She even tried to end the interview after the scheduled ten-minute slot, but Trump brushed her off, saying he wanted to continue…

Many U.K. politicians expressed new outrage over Trump’s remarks, and May’s opponents took the opportunity to paint her as weak.