Everything you need to know about David Cameron’s ridiculous meeting with Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago

By Abby Amoakuh

Published Apr 12, 2024 at 01:19 PM

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Welcome back to the latest edition of our weekly recaps, where we keep you updated on everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming 2024 US presidential election. If you haven’t been following along so far, make sure to check out the previous recaps so that you’re good to go on all election-related news. This week we will be zooming in on UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron’s meeting with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump to secure right-wing support for Ukraine. The two conservatives, who definitely know how to make a splashy political comeback, have been the talk of the town since their little chat on Tuesday 9 April 2024. So, let’s dig into it.

What happens at Mar-a-Lago stays at Mar-a-Lago

One thing is for sure, Cameron and Trump won’t be friends anytime soon. In fact, the British politician had previously referred to the former US president as “divisive, stupid and wrong” in reaction to Trump’s proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, as reported by Reuters. In his memoirs, the now-Foreign Secretary even went as far as to call the Republican “protectionist, xenophobic, [and] misogynistic.” Overall, he’s had very few kind words to spare for Trump in the past and honestly, I don’t blame him.

These past indiscretions must have made their little dinner at Mar-a-Lago incredibly awkward. The first step in reviving a relationship usually isn’t asking for money, but here we are.

Cameron’s talks with the former president came amid growing concerns that Russia is gaining the upper hand in its war with Ukraine, coupled with waves of support for Russia within the Republican party.

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged Western leaders to boost their financial support for his country, as Republicans in America have tried to block President Joe Biden’s multi-billion dollar aid packages for the war-torn country.

Republican House Representative Michael R. Turner warned that some Republican members of Congress were repeating Russian propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine instigated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We see directly coming from Russia attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages—some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor,” Turner stated.

Pro-Trump Republicans such as Marjorie Taylor Greene even threatened to unseat speaker Mike Johnson, when he tried to push forward more military aid for Ukraine or otherwise signalled bipartisan support for the nation.

Greene also responded to an earlier lobbying effort by Camron on behalf of Ukraine in February with an invitation to “kiss my ass”. Classy as always.

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The culmination of these events resulted in growing fears that another Trump term could see an end to financial US support for Ukraine. Next to the EU, the US is currently the largest donor of financial, military and humanitarian support for the country. Germany and the UK are currently placed third and fourth, leading to fears that their expenditure will rapidly have to increase if the US withdraws aid.

According to The Guardian, the topics of conversation between Cameron and Trump included US and UK elections, Brexit-related policies, the need for NATO to meet their defence spending goals, “ending the killing in Ukraine,” and, of course, mutual admiration for the late Queen Elizabeth. May she rest in peace.

Despite being pressed by journalists on Tuesday, Cameron remained tight-lipped about the specifics of the conversation, insisting that it was a private meeting and that the two men had talked about “geopolitical” issues. British officials maintained that the meeting was “warm and productive,” despite all the awkwardness that was most definitely in the room.

Cameron, who has embarked on a whole US tour, stressed that he would bring every argumentative tool at his disposal to his talks with other Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress. Not exactly the most comforting thought.

“When I address this issue of how to help Ukraine I can get very emotional about it,” Cameron stated. “I think of my grandfather landing on the Normandy beaches under the cover of an American warship. This is the same thing,” the former Prime Minister added. “We face a huge threat from an aggressive Putin, taking another country’s territory by force. And it is so important that we stick together.”

And that’s a wrap for this week’s political rendezvous. Watch out for the next weekly recap to gain insights into other awkward encounters, and traded insults within the bizarre sphere of American politics!

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