Trump Administration Humiliated, Forced to Apologize to Top US Ally for International Incident
In mid-January the United Kingdom Parliament, in response to President Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants and migrants, debated (ironically) banning him from visiting the country for the rest of his tenure as President. While the measure did not go anywhere, it showcased that there were genuine strains between the current government of the United States and the UK.
This is not the first time the Republican Party has angered the country. In 2012, their presidential candidate Mitt Romney publicly criticized Britain for their supposedly “poor” handling of the London Olympics, a statement that haunted his campaign for the rest of the year.
However, the Trump Administration has officially topped that blunder as Press Secretary Sean Spicer accused the UK intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) of assisting President Obama’s wiretapping. For readers unaware, in order to distract the American public from his Russian controversies, President Trump gave the media a bone by stating that Obama Administration had ordered his house to be wiretapped, despite the complete lack of evidence.
Comments like this are childish in and of themselves, but when you add the fact that Spicer is a high-ranking member of the US Government, you have an immoral representation of American society to the international community.
Recognizing this, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Trump’s National Security Adviser and one of the few good members his Cabinet, met with the UK’s own National Security Adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant to apologize on Spicer’s behalf, reportedly claiming that Spicer’s comment was “unintentional” (something anyone with common sense will tell you is not true with Trump).
A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May assured the press that the situation had been resolved:
“We’ve received assurances these allegations won’t be repeated. We have a close relationship which allows us to raise concerns when they arise, as was true in this case. This shows the administration doesn’t give the allegations any credence.”
Despite this, let it be known that progressives in this country will not stop till President Trump and his Administration are held accountable for all the scandals they have caused the US to endure within the past few months.
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