The US president, Donald Trump, arrived in London on Monday to participate in a NATO summit, but his unpredictable nature makes him fear the effect of his visit during the electoral campaign in a feverish environment after a terrorist attack.
During the flight, Trump boasted that he had convinced his European allies to increase his defense spending. "Since I took office, the number of NATO allies that fulfill their obligations is more than double!" He tweeted.
In the 3 decades before my election, NATO spending declined by two-thirds, and only 3 other NATO members were meeting their financial obligations. Since I took office, the number of NATO allies fulfilling their obligations more than DOUBLED, and NATO spending increased by $ 130B!RELATED
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
In the three decades before my election, NATO spending decreased by two-thirds, and only 3 other NATO members fulfilled their financial obligations. Since I took office, the number of NATO allies that fulfilled their obligations is more than double, and NATO spending has increased by $ 130 billion!
The president landed at London's Stansted airport late at night to participate on Tuesday and Wednesday at a summit on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Atlantic Alliance, which will include a reception with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
The monarch will be accompanied by the Prince of Wales, Carlos, and his wife Camila and other members of the royal family such as Catherine, the wife of Prince William.
However, Prince Enrique and Meghan are not included in the guest list, engaged in a judicial battle against several newspapers they accuse of violating their private lives.
Neither Prince Andrew, who had to resign from his official duties after the scandal over his relationship with US financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of rape of minors and was found dead in jail in August.
Trump has not silenced his criticisms of NATO in the past, in which he believes that the United States contributes too much and other countries too little, neither its defense of a hard Brexit or its predilection for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
But within a week and a half of the laws of December 12, all your statements will be scrutinized in detail.
Maintain the distances in the British elections
In the opinion of Richard Whitman, a political scientist at the University of Kent, "the risk is that Trump will make a direct intervention in the campaign (United Kingdom election)."
"It is obviously one thing I could do," he says underlining the unpredictability of a president accustomed to making un diplomatic comments.
For Whitman, "whatever Trump says is likely to favor the opposition more than Boris Johnson," with whom he has often been compared, from his provocative language to his undisciplined blonde hair.
The British press has been saying for days that the government will try to keep the distances beyond the photos and an organized dinner on Tuesday at Downing Street, the official British residence.
At the moment there is no planned bilateral meeting between the two men and Johnson hinted that he would not appreciate interference by his guest.
"When there are close friends and allies such as the United States and the United Kingdom, it is best that neither party interfere in the other's election campaign," he told a radio station on Friday.
Trump is also involved in the pre-campaign for the presidential elections of 2020 and, above all, in full investigation against him in the House of Representatives with a view to a political trial.
There will be protests on Tuesday "The Conservative Party will be nervous about anything Trump can tweet because, of course, that's something they can't control," Whitman says.
In addition, the US president is scheduled for a press conference on Wednesday, at the end of the summit.
The atmosphere in the United Kingdom is especially feverish after the attack on Friday at the London Bridge, where a convict on parole after being convicted in 2012 for terrorism killed two people and wounded three others stabbed before being killed For the police.
Johnson blamed the Labor opposition for the law that allowed the early release of the attacker in 2018, which earned her being accused of using tragedy as a political weapon in the midst of an election campaign. Trump and Johnson talked about it on the phone on Saturday, but nothing transcended the conversation.
As it happened six months ago, when the US president made a controversial three-day state visit to the United Kingdom marked by his insults to the mayor of London his comments on Brexit and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, on Tuesday there will be protests against his presence.
However, they are not expected to be as massive as those of June 2018, when tens of thousands of people took to the streets to call it "misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic" during their first visit to the country.