Accuracy in Media

On the evening of June 2, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump boarded Air Force One and departed from Andrews Air Force Base for a three-day trip to England.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation effective Friday, June 7. However, this week upon the presidential visit, May is still carrying out her duties as Prime Minister.

Most recently, Trump held a joint press conference with the British prime minister to remember the veterans who fell to war on the beaches of D-Day and celebrate the alliance of the American and British people.

Trump said, “Today, let us renew our pledge, engraved at the American cemetery in Normandy and inscribed by President Dwight Eisenhower, in St. Paul’s Cathedral right here in London, that the cause for which they died shall live.”

During an emotional and beneficial press conference based on maintaining a healthy, long-standing alliance, the media were only allowed four questions per Prime Minister May, yet the first question they received was fired off based on personal attack.

In starting, a U.K. journalist asked, “For you, President Trump, as you hold talks with the Prime Minister, the leader of Her Majesty’s opposition has been addressed in a protest rally against your visit in Trafalgar Square… to you, Prime Minister, do you think that Sadiq Khan [Mayor of London] is a stone-cold loser?”

After fielding a few somewhat-friendlier questions following the first, Trump and May closed their press conference together for the final time. They are both scheduled to attend the 75th anniversary of D-Day in south England next to the Queen before coming departing England.

WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING

CNN’s Don Lemon and his roundtable guests reaffirmed that Trump is less popular in the United Kingdom than former President Barack Obama.

“For our allies, Barack Obama is still our president,” said Joan Walsh a correspondent for the Nation.

The media also focused on attacking the president with headlines like “The Trump wrecking ball lands in London” and “Trump’s State Visit to London Got Weird Fast.”

Outlets like CNN made no mention of the Trump supporter who popped the massive balloon depicting President Trump as a baby.

The female supporter said, “That’s a disgrace. The President of the United States is the best president ever,” she said in a video shared by The Sun.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.




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