Queen Elizabeth was interrupted by the blaring noise of a helicopter. And Trump was the first thing that came to her mind.
Queen Elizabeth only needed four words to make her opinion of Trump clear.
The head of the royal family was speaking to host David Attenborough while giving him a tour of her garden for a TV special, when they were interrupted by the loud noise of a helicopter passing overhead.
“Sounds like President Trump,” she remarked, visibly annoyed.
The statement reflects the unusual animosity that has existed between the United States and its closest ally, the United Kingdom, since Trump took control of the presidency.
He is the first American president since 1977 not to visit the United Kingdom. His two immediate predecessors, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, both visited the U.K. during their first year in office.
In January 2018, news that Trump was planning a state visit prompted plans for a massive counterprotest. Prime Minister Theresa May of the Conservative Party had extended an invitation.
But Labour member of Parliament David Lammy said Trump’s visit would see “the biggest protest this country has ever seen.”
Trump has reportedly demanded a ride in a gold-plated carriage alongside the queen should he visit, a luxury President Obama chose to forego.
The royal family largely stays tight-lipped about Trump. But the signs are clear that he would not be welcome. Actress Meghan Markle, who is engaged to Prince Harry, has accurately described Trump as “divisive” and “misogynistic.”
Prince Harry has been publicly close to the Obamas and co-hosted the Invictus Games for wounded military with them. CNN reported that there was “speculation in the UK media that British officials feared the political consequences if the couple decide to invite Barack and Michelle Obama, with whom they are friends, but not Donald Trump.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, citing Trump’s track record of bigoted rhetoric, particularly toward Muslims, said he would not be welcome in the capital city for a visit.
Even May was pushed to publicly rebuke Trump after he promoted a series of anti-Muslim videos from a UK-based hate group, Britain First.
“Britain First is a hateful organization,” May said. And Trump retweeting its videos “was the wrong thing to do.”
As in America, Trump is unpopular in the United Kingdom. And largely for the same reasons — his sexism, racism, and wholehearted embrace of bigotry. His insults about the country’s National Health Service didn’t help, either.
Even the queen appears to think Trump lacks any amount of charm or interest. And when a blaring and annoying noise interrupted her, his name was the first thing that came to mind.