Trump’s sting in the tail for PM will end in cry­ing game

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heard it more than 25 years ago.

It seems, judg­ing by Theresa May’s un­com­fort­able ap­pear­ance on US TV this week, she too may have seen the film when she was pushed over her re­la­tion­ship with Don­ald Trump.

Dur­ing an awk­ward in­ter­view on the CBS break­fast TV show This Morn­ing, be­fore trav­el­ling to New York for the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly, the Prime Min­is­ter was asked about her re­la­tion­ship with the Pres­i­dent.

Flum­moxed, Mrs May was un­able to name a sin­gle in­stance when she had in­flu­enced Trump’s opin­ion about any­thing.

She was then grilled over whether she trusted the Pres­i­dent, the leader of our great­est ally, who ac­cord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post’s Fact Checker blog has told more than 5,000 false or par­tially un­true state­ments since he took of­fice in Jan­uary 2016.

“When he tells you some­thing, do you trust him?” she was asked. “Of course I lis­ten to what the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent tells me,” she said.

But as Mrs May strug­gled for a de­fin­i­tive an­swer, she was pressed again.

“But do you trust him?” she was asked.

Dis­tressed, she stum­bled for a re­sponse be­fore, like a frog, re­ply­ing:

“Well, yes. I mean, we work to­gether. We have a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship.”

Mrs May found out only too well why she should not trust the Pres­i­dent.

Just a day be­fore his only visit to the UK ear­lier this year, he trashed the Prime Min­is­ter’s lead­er­ship, warn­ing she may have killed off any chance of a vi­tal US trade deal.

Two days later af­ter he ar­rived in Lon­don, he de­nied his com­ments de­spite what he said be­ing recorded.

Mrs May’s less then glow­ing en­dorse­ment is well placed and so it should be.

On Tues­day, when Trump ad­dressed the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly he em­pha­sised his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­tent to dis­tance it­self from in­ter­na­tional groups and pacts the US has pre­vi­ously em­braced.

It deep­ened the ex­ist­ing chasm be­tween the States and its tra­di­tional al­lies, all while he cosies up to Vladimir Putin.

Some 18 months into his time in the White House, his foes have him fig­ured out while Amer­ica’s friends are duck­ing for cover.

Trump’s off-script, er­ratic cam­paign-style ral­lies, com­plete with care­fully scripted as­pi­ra­tions of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, sug­gest to large parts of the world he is a man who can­not con­trol him­self, much less the coun­try he leads.

His Amer­ica is with­out ques­tion out of kil­ter with much of the western world and while friends voice their fears, Amer­ica’s en­e­mies con­tinue to gear up to take ad­van­tage.

On Tues­day, the world openly laughed at Trump as mem­bers of the United Na­tions’ Gen­eral Assem­bly gig­gled af­ter he boasted his ad­min­is­tra­tion had “ac­com­plished more than al­most any in the his­tory of our coun­try”.

It showed again how lead­ers have taken their own poll on Trump and found him want­ing in about ev­ery de­part­ment, con­clud­ing he is a global li­a­bil­ity, not a global leader.

His lies and con­tin­ual strug­gle with the truth should tell Theresa May all she needs to know about whether she can trust Trump.

Ever since he took of­fice, Amer­ica has been forced to en­dure its very own cry­ing game.

We can but hope Mrs May has the strength to not let Trump be­come her scor­pion from across the pond when it comes to a deal post-Brexit.

Mrs May was un­able to name a sin­gle in­stance when she had in­flu­enced Trump’s opin­ion

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