LONDON – One day before the arrival of President Donald Trump, the leaders of the rude, populist movement went to a five-star hotel in London's Mayfair district, unnoticed by summer tourists enjoying their clotted cream.
Louis Aliot, a far-right French politician and friend of the French populist firearm Marine Le Pen, walked through the lobby to a conference room hidden behind the restaurant with afternoon tea. So did Nigel Farage, the right-wing British politician and Brexit mastermind whom local tabloids have "banned" from his government during his visit to President Donald Trump.
Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of a prominent Conservative think tank in London, who was at the concierge desk reception, discussed how Trump's British supporters had told him in the midst of planned protests and a huge, inflatable trump baby who is flying over the city can send a warm greeting. "We're trying to tell the story that there's a strong source of support," said Harris-Quinney.
They had all come to see Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who had set up a bleak war room sorted in a conference room in the hotel to exchange views and conspire with the leaders of the emerging populist movement in Europe. Bannon's goal, he said in a brief interview between the meetings, is to contextualise "Trump" for a European audience that hates him and a fiery tabloid media culture that he believes does not strike the American president fairly added.
It was a reminder that the European version of Trumpism is flourishing ̵
The off-the-record meetings quietly preceded a visit by the President, who is likely to be overshadowed by even larger dramas than an unpredictable Donald Trump. The country is obsessed with the fate of its football team in the World Cup and will analyze and mourn its Wednesday defeat by Croatia in a semi-final match.
Trump will also oust Prime Minister Theresa May's government in the midst of a political crisis over the conditions of Britain's Brexit – the nickname for the 2016 referendum that forces its withdrawal from the EU
It is less known than the visit of presidents normally. The White House talked about airships and protests, while the White House organized a visit to the Light Footprint to keep the president largely out of central London and instead organize his meetings at Checkers and Blenheim Palace
the city felt like the potentially tense visit – on the heels of a NATO summit on which Trump made furious shots at important allies – did not really happen. None of the city's tabloids showed Trump on their front pages. On their pages, a detailed coverage of the accident of the scooter of the actor George Clooney was more important than the visit of Trump.
"Trump is coming, no one knows that," said a newspaper vendor who refused to give his name. But Trump's allies agree with his assessment:
"People are more interested in the World Cup than in Donald Trump," said Piers Morgan, the British television personality and longtime Trump friend. "It helped distract attention, and it was very helpful for him to focus on the chaotic government and the World Cup."
But Trumpism was still here in spirit, at least in Mayfair, where Bannon was busy was to stir the populist pot, even though the May administration has shaken the impact of a Brexit Trump Trial since its presidential candidate
"Trump has a lot of support here, with Nigel and the tough Brexit crowd working together for years," he said. "I am here to be a substitute for British media."
Bannon was also prepared to appear on Fox News presenter Sean Hannity, which aired live from London at 2 pm local time. As far as Brexit is concerned, hey, we're on the second anniversary of this, and we're still talking about half in half of it, "Bannon said." We have to be brave. I think Trump comes here and emphasizes that he is about courageous action. "
Bannon is new to his role as Trump replacement: The former presidential chief strategist was released from the White House in August and suffered a harsh break with the president, who distanced himself from Bannon after seeing" Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House ", a book by Michael Wolff, called him" Sloppy Steve "and accused him of the worst epithet: Leaker
But in between his Hannity appearance and his schedule for media interviews with European outlets, the Trump Bannon said he supported Trump's fierce impetus for the NATO summit in Brussels, where he would be in for a possible comeback with Trump, who has few allies on this side of the Atlantic.
urging European allies to double their defense expenditures and accusing Germany of being "trapped in Russia" and "billions and billions of dollars "To Russia," the land against which we are to protect you. "
While Trump's comments were interpreted as an attempt to weaken the alliance that had held allies together since World War II, Bannon insisted on his goal former bosses on the contrary.
"It's not hard rhetoric," Bannon said. "That's what I call a partner discussion. There's no happy conversation anymore. The reason he does it is that he wants the alliance to work."
Despite the great distractions of Trump's visit, his right-wing allies tried to counteract the planned protests.
Some were planning to give interviews from a pub in West Kensington, which renamed itself "The Trump Arms" in honor of the President's visit.
But even a stubborn supporter admitted the timing could be better.
People are asking me if you look forward to Trump's trip, I say, no, because it ruins my view of the World Cup, "said Harris-Quinney," I would be in Russia if he did not come. And the fact that the government is in disorder is a big deal. This has all turned into one of the most interesting weeks since the Brexit vote.
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"President Trump probably knows this country better than any president in recent history," Ambassador Woody Johnson told reporters on a conference call last week
"Here his mother was born … that's why the bust of Churchill actually in the Oval Office, as we speak. He knows that he has the opportunity to make this special relationship even stronger.