This highly cited NYT article is a recommended read. It explores the implications of of Trump’s acceptance of Macron’s Bastille Day invitation.
First, Macron invites Russia’s President Putin to a historic meeting. Now, Macron invites the volatile US President Trump and Trump immediately accepts. This is a demonstration of power from the French President who has enormous popular support in France too.
This should be contrasted to Theresa May’s Britain. May rushed to the US after Trump was elected and quickly made concessions to try to curry favour – whilst France and Germany stood back and signalled that they had some doubts about Trump’s direction. The UK quickly extended an invite for Trump to make a full state visit to the UK. But Trump’s UK visit has been put on the back burner because of expected reaction from radical left wingers – these are similar people to those of the Far Left who have infiltrated Corbyn’s Labour Party.
The lesson for the day is powerful. Macron projects real global power and May meanwhile represents weakness. In recent years, the UK has lost geopolitical advantage to France and Germany. Now May’s domestic power weakness also seriously damages the UK’s status in the world. It also reminds us of May’s poor judgement and weak negotiating style – this lady is currently leading the UK’s historic exit from the EU, where Macron and Merkel champion a strengthened Europe.
Once again, there is only one solution – May must go – and quickly.