POLLS show that only 19 per cent of Britons have a positive opinion of Trump.
According to the pollster YouGov, reported by NBC News, more than two thirds of Brits say they have no confidence Trump will do the right thing.
With President Trump in town the concern isn’t just about if he will do the right thing, rather on if he will SAY the right thing.
Trumps traditional enemies are hoping he will say something — anything — to denigrate them or the causes they support as it will backfire and not be tolerated well with the Brits. And supporters of the US President are on tenderhooks that Trump remains quiet.
The president’s visit comes ahead of the General Election on Dec. 12 that could shape the country’s Brexit path for decades to come.
Matt Zarb-Cousin, a former spokesman for opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, is reported to say that Trump being so unpopular with the British people doesn’t do Boris Johnson any favours.
However Zarb-Cousin also believe that Trump is “proficient enough” to not to land Boris Johnson in trouble by accidentally saying something damaging about the National Health Service or similar.
Brits have reasons to put their guard up, it would not be the first time Trump makes controversial comments as when he repeatedly insulted London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, and given a surprise newspaper interview humiliating his host, then-Prime Minister Theresa May.
Johnson’s aides have denied the suggestion that he fears any association with Trump would hurt his campaign. Polls show his Conservative Party is in the lead, but the gap with Labour has narrowed in recent days.
So it comes as no surprise that Trump is cutting a more neutral tone on this visit, prudently stating to reporters yesterday (Tuesday)
“It’s going to be a very important election for this great country,” “But I have no thoughts on it.”