Lawyers for a man accused of assaulting a woman at a Trump campaign rally last year have said he acted at the urging of the candidate, complicating the president’s argument in court that he stands immune to civil lawsuits.
The Times of London reported Saturday that President Donald Trump wishes to proceed with a gold-plated carriage procession during his visit to London, currently planned for the second week in October, despite security concerns.
When former president Barack Obama visited Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2011, he arrived in an armored motorcade, in a slight change of usual protocol, The Times noted. In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping, however, took the precaution of a closed, rather than open, carriage from the Royal Mews for his ceremonial ride with the Queen.
According to the Times, security sources have warned, however, that Trump’s procession will require a “monster” security operation, far greater than for any recent state visit. With tens of thousands of people expected to descend on the area to protest, senior police are already grappling with how to achieve a balance between Mr. Trump’s security and allowing the public’s right to protest.
A White House spokeswoman called the report “completely false.”
President Trump’s approval rating has dropped by about one percentage point per month and now sits in the mid-30s. At the current rate, it would hit zero in September 2020. (A highly unlikely possibility, though with Donald Trump, anything is possible.) Measured in less quantifiable terms, Trump’s political decline has not occurred in so linear a fashion. It has happened, as Ernest Hemingway wrote about bankruptcy, gradually and then suddenly.
After half a year of comic internal disarray, even in the face of broad public dismay, Trump’s administration had, through most of July, managed to hold together some basic level of partisan cohesion with a still-enthusiastic base and supportive partners in Congress. This has quickly collapsed.