It was a royal visit at its finest.
During their recent three-day U.K. state visit, President Trump and his wife Melania were the perfect symbol of America and our nation’s values, especially during their time at the Buckingham Palace.
Trump remained true to his personality and genuine in his interactions with Queen Elizabeth, who was seemingly impressed with our president (unsurprisingly, so, I might add.)
Here’s a few clips from Twitter to recap what went on during Trump’s trip to Buckingham Palace:
The Hill had the following to say about Trump's visit at Buckingham Palace:
It is always a delicate balancing act when the president of a representative republic visits a foreign monarch. One leader was chosen by the majority of states in the republic. The other was born straight into royalty. One is a man of the people, accustomed to fist pumps and handshakes. The other is perpetually surrounded by pomp and protocol. Neither here is right or wrong, however they are worlds apart in implementation and experience.
President Trump struck that balance masterfully during his meeting with Queen Elizabeth on his state visit to the United Kingdom, displaying his sincere respect for the royal family without kowtowing to any of the regal pretensions. After all, let us not forget the United States was founded as a rejection of monarchy in general, and the British monarchy in particular.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump represent all of us when they step on foreign soil. With them they bring our traditions and culture, as well as our priorities and the friendship, and extend them to the leaders and citizens of the host country. Although it is important to be aware of and to respect the traditions and etiquette of the host country, diplomacy at its core is less about rhetoric than it is about relationships. The greatest emphasis should be on the people rather than simply on the protocol.
As the media elites tried to generate offense at every interaction between President Trump and her majesty, Queen Elizabeth remained perfectly cordial, never betraying the slightest indication of unease. Her warm and genuine smile revealed a sincere interest, or perhaps even a delight, throughout their time together. Royal protocol is intricate, and it is not uncommon for even the most experienced to misstep according to official standards. However, if the president of the United States is acting within appropriate guidelines of protocol for the United States, is it really a breach of conduct? Is it truly worthy of the criticism we have seen?
If there was criticism of President Trump on this visit, it certainly was not coming from Queen Elizabeth herself, whose undisguised enjoyment of President Trump was apparent as his folksy but still respectful approach aligned with American values while still showing deferential respect to the figurehead of our closest political ally. When President Trump greeted her, for instance, he dispensed with the pomp and circumstance of bowing, opting instead for a friendly handshake, which is certainly an appropriate greeting for even the highest level meeting between American officials.
Although President Trump's visit with the Queen was an undeniable success, mainstream media tried their hardest to find fault in his actions during the U.K. trip.
On this subject, the New York Post commented:
Picture a beautiful day, 72 degrees, low humidity, not a cloud in the sky. One guy says to another guy at the bus stop, “Nice day, isn’t it?” The second guy loses his mind. “Nice day? Whaddya mean nice day? You can’t talk to me like that. Help, help, police, I’m being accosted. This guy said it was a nice day!”
Guy No. 1 was President Trump, this past week. Guy No. 2 is the news media, especially CNN. Proving that there is literally nothing they will not try to spin as evidence of Trump’s perfidy, the president was polite and deferential to the Queen of England this week. Naturally, the media set its hair on fire again.
CNN rolled out chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward to argue that Trump was polite to the queen not because being polite to the queen is something heads of state should do but “perhaps he likes the idea of being a king.”
On your mark, get set, groupthink: CNN international correspondent Max Foster followed up by repeating the same idea, “He likes the idea of being a king, which would explain why he’s so reverential in the palace environment.”
CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett echoed the idea with the message of the day, saying that although it was no big deal when previous presidents brought their children to meet the British monarch, “the president perhaps sees his children as American royalty or this is sort of our equivalent … the equivalency, which, you know, it’s not at all how we operate in America.”
This isn’t reporting. It isn’t even “analysis,” the way journos take a drop or morsel of news and make it into a banquet of opinion. It’s practicing mind reading without a license. If President Trump said, “I like people,” Brooke Baldwin and Jim Acosta would pop up on CNN to somberly warn us, more in sorrow than in anger, that our president has just admitted he was a cannibal.
Despite left-leaning media outlets trying their best to find something -anything- to criticize Trump on, even CNN and the New York Times had a hard time doing so.
Here's what CNN said about the trip:
It was the presidential version of what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation: Buckingham Palace to see bearskin-hatted guards; Normandy for the hallowed rows of fallen American heroes; and the west of Ireland for a round of golf on the Atlantic-facing links.
For a man who would rather remain in his own bedroom than venture abroad, President Donald Trump this week appeared to savor the sightseeing aspects of his visit to Europe, where foreign counterparts eager to instill a sense of weighted history in the President (and his extended family) played tour guide and docent.
Trump's inner-tourist emerged as he slowly paced Buckingham Palace's Picture Gallery with the 93-year-old monarch, lingering over displays of old maps and a strategically selected swatch of yellow fabric -- a piece of MacLeod tartan, the family of Trump's mother.
He made a stop at the warren of rooms from which Winston Churchill directed the war effort, a must-stop in every London guidebook and a pilgrimage of sorts for a President who's sought to emulate the man, at least in photographs.
Trump flashed an excited grin as the Red Arrows flew overhead in Portsmouth Harbor, disgorging red, white and blue jet trails.
And he appeared floored by his first visit to Omaha Beach, later narrating with awe the tour he received.
"They call them the 'guides.' And they were guiding us. They were telling us what happened and when," Trump recounted. "It was so incredible and so fascinating."
In preparing his educational itinerary, Trump's counterparts seemed intent on inducing respect and support for the institutions and leaders who helped mend Europe after the horrors of war -- never more overtly than when outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May gifted him a copy of the Atlantic Charter, the document drafted by the US and UK to map out a postwar order.
It's far from clear the efforts will succeed in wooing an unpredictable leader into accepting the bodies and relationships he's denigrated previously. Nor is it evident the weight of history that hung over this trip moved Trump beyond an immediate sense of wonder.
Still, in the palaces and cabinet rooms the President leaves behind, there is relief among foreign officials that Trump's European adventure ended without the kind of embarrassing episode that have colored some of his past jaunts abroad.
Not to say it was all smooth cruising. Trump lashed out at left-leaning politicians in London and made little attempt to mask his preferences in the race to become Britain's next prime minister.
At times he seemed less-than-fully-aware of the issues that are being debated here, whether it is the UK health service's role in a new trade deal or Ireland's future border with Northern Ireland after Brexit is complete.
And like many an American tourist, Trump was disappointed to learn his favorite television channels weren't available when he arrived to his accommodations (in this case, the neo-Georgian mansion where the US ambassador lives).
But in his public appearances with royalty and politicians alike, Trump appeared more gracious than hostile, eagerly willing to return the flattery that had been directed his way at nearly every opportunity since he touched down in Britain Monday.
And, here's the New York Times:
When President Trump visited Britain in 2018 and met Queen Elizabeth II, he caused a social media stir by walking in front of the British monarch as they inspected her honor guard, forcing her to step around him — a breach of protocol.
On Thursday, a day after his first state visit to Britain ended, he raved in an interview with the Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he had developed a deep bond with the queen and that she had been very taken with him.
“There are those that say they have never seen the queen have a better time, a more animated time,” Mr. Trump said in the interview, which was taped in Normandy, France, in front of the graves of fallen troops on the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing.
“We had a period where we were talking solid straight,” he said. “I didn’t even know who the other people at the table were. I never spoke to them; we just had a great time.”
During the interview he also joked that he was holding up the D-Day ceremonies to sit with Ms. Ingraham.
A day earlier, while sitting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Mr. Trump called the queen “an incredible lady,” adding, “I feel I know her so well right now, and she certainly knows me well.”
On Friday, Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Mr. Trump’s remarks.
Elizabeth, 93, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has met every American president since Truman, except for Lyndon B. Johnson. And for all his appeals to populism as political rocket fuel, Mr. Trump has long craved the respect and approval of global figures and cultural icons, including the British royal family, even as his desire to boast about his meeting with royalty was at odds with some of his harsh rhetoric at rallies.
We'll let this video summarizing the visit speak for itself:
In all the clips with Trump, the Queen seems pretty happy to me!