Pres­i­dent Trump is not ‘no one’s friend’ — he is our friend

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

Miriam Sha­viv’s view of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as a nar­cis­sist, con­sis­tently in­con­sis­tent, who is no one’s friend may be a view shared by many Bri­tish Jews. But, as an Amer­i­can Jew liv­ing in Lon­don, I see it dif­fer­ently.

First, Pres­i­dent Trump was elected in a fully demo­cratic elec­toral col­lege sys­tem dat­ing back to the tran­si­tion of the orig­i­nal Bri­tish colonies into the United States of Amer­ica. Most Amer­i­cans like Trump see the UK as their na­tion’s clos­est ally, per­son­i­fied by the bust of Sir Win­ston Churchill in the Oval Of­fice of the White House.

While Pres­i­dent Obama in­ter­fered in the Brexit ref­er­en­dum by con­firm­ing that his gov­ern­ment would put the UK last in the queue for in­ter­na­tional trade agree­ments, Pres­i­dent Trump said he would put the UK first in the queue and I do not think he will change his view on this ba­sic is­sue.

Pres­i­dent Trump has said through­out his cam­paign that he will stand by Is­rael, and this is a view that is al­most unan­i­mous among US Repub­li­cans.

He has reaf­firmed that the Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans must tell us what they want, as the two-state so­lu­tion has failed for so long, bear­ing in mind that the Arab states are pre­pared to help re­solve the is­sue more than they have been in the past.

Re­gard­ing the in­vi­ta­tion to visit the UK, in­vi­ta­tions have been granted to many heads of state who are on good terms with the UK, states which have noth­ing like the Amer­i­can stan­dard of hu­man rights or his­toric links to the UK, such as China and Saudi Ara­bia.

Why have so many protested against Trump’s visit, while ac­cept­ing so many other of­fi­cial vis­its by a range of heads of state? My the­ory is that when lib­er­als win pres­i­den­tial elec­tions the con­ser­va­tives ac­cept it and get on with their lives. When an out­spo­ken con­ser­va­tive wins the elec­toral col­lege vote but not the pop­u­lar vote, the lib­er­als find it dif­fi­cult to ac­cept. Joseph Feld,

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