President Trump is visiting the United Kingdom and France this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Instead of focusing on the events honoring the heroes who died liberating Europe from tyranny, MSNBC is using the occasion to hurl insults at President Trump for his tumultuous relationship with the British government and the royal family.
On a Monday segment of Morning Joe, host Willie Geist went to NBC News Senior International Correspondent Keir Simmons to break down the schedule of events for Trump’s visit to Buckingham Palace. As Simmons listed some of the formal welcome ceremonies the President would be attending, he pointed out:
[Trump] will inspect the Queen's Grenadier Guards with Prince Charles. The Queen will meet him later. Perhaps she is not with him for that inspection because, you'll remember that last time, he managed to walk in front of her. And that was one of the faux pas that was remarked upon during their previous visit.
But of course, Willie, the royal family are all about diplomacy. Nothing will happen on this trip that they won't be able to handle. The Queen has met with leaders around the world. The leader of China, President XI; The leader of Russia, President Putin. This will be all in a day's work for her. We're expecting an informal lunch here at Buckingham Palace, included in that lunch, Prince Harry himself after that row in the newspapers over what President Trump might or might not have said about Meghan. Then in the afternoon, The President will go to Clarence House to meet with Prince Charles there. Of course, that will be an interesting conversation.Prince Charles, of course, who has warned about the risks of climate change, who believes in organic food. Two men of the same age but very, very different men. But again, Prince Charles will be the arch diplomat. And then, this evening in the ballroom here at Buckingham palace, an affair that perhaps only the British are able to put on. A banquet where every place is measured, every setting, every glass is placed -- in exactly the right position. The Queen will speak for five minutes. The President will speak for five minutes…
After going through the President’s schedule, Simmons concluded: “If we get through today without any diplomatic incidents, everyone will breathe a sigh of relief.” The panel laughed at this comment with Geist responding, “We shall see. There's a lot of time left in the day, Keir.”
A very good start from MSNBC to a week dedicated to commemorating the most important military victory of the 20th century.