Trump criticizes Biden royal family for skipping historic coronation


Former President Donald Trump has publicly criticized President Joe Biden for skipping this weekend’s historic coronation of the new British monarch.

In an exclusive interview with the British television network during his visit to the UK on May 3, Trump said 100 world leaders will witness Britain’s coronation for the first time in 70 years in London on May 6. disputed Biden’s decision to forgo the ceremony

Trump predicted that Biden would be “asleep” at home as King Charles III and Queen Camilla were crowned.

“He’s not running the country. He’s sleeping in Delaware right now,” Trump said. “As President of the United States, if someone sleeps instead of coming to the coronation…that would be bad.”

Trump spoke with British political commentator Nigel Farage to GBNews during his visit to Trump-owned Scotland, which includes a newly opened golf course.

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President Donald Trump hears Nigel Farage addressing the Make America Great Again rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, October 28, 2020. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

“Very disrespectful”

Trump said he would attend the coronation if he was still president of the United States – it was the first time.

“No sitting U.S. president has ever attended a British royal coronation,” the Associated Press reported.

President Dwight Eisenhower sent a delegation to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. However, Biden and his wife, Mrs. Jill Biden, attended the Queen’s funeral in September 2022.

Mr Trump said it seemed “extremely disrespectful” for Mr Biden to send his wife to represent the United States to watch the coronation of the late Queen’s son and wife.

Mr Trump was surprised to hear Mr Biden would avoid the coronation. “You would think he’s here,” Trump said.

Mr Farage said Mr Biden has ancestral roots and seems to have a great love for his recent visit to Ireland. But Britons feel Biden doesn’t have much affection for them, Farage said.

“He completely ignores the fact that ‘Biden’ is actually an English name. He has British relatives. He doesn’t seem to like us very much,” Farage said. Told.

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022. (Jack Hill-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Biden is only four years older than Trump, but the now 80-year-old Biden appears to be showing his age, Trump said, suggesting that could be the reason for his absence from the big event. suggests.

“I actually think it would be physically difficult for him to do that,” Trump said, referring to the long trip from the US to the UK.

Despite legal troubles, including criminal charges in New York, Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Democrat Biden announced his re-election bid last week. Political polls show the two to be virtually tied, according to RealClear Politics averages.

When Farage asked Trump if he thought he would win the 2024 election, he replied, “I think we have a very good chance.”

Mr Trump said Americans are suffering under Biden’s economic policies. He promised to bring down inflation, interest rates and energy prices.

respect for the monarch

Mr Trump said he got to know the late Queen and her son and wife well during his tenure. “The Queen put it together. This lady was amazing,” he said.

He was amazed at how gracious and diplomatic she was. Trump said she made no mistakes and she avoided controversy.

Farage said Queen Elizabeth was “probably the most popular person in the world”. Trump agreed.

Trump called the new king a “great man”, praised his wife for “a great personality” and said the new monarch would serve England well.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, at the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London, UK. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

unfaithful royalty

However, Trump defeated two other members of the royal family, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Harry attends her father’s coronation without former American actress Meghan Markle.

She and her husband retired from royal duties in 2020 and moved to California, where they are raising their two young sons. Meghan will stay home during her coronation, Buckingham Palace said in a statement. No reason was given.

Considering Harry recently published a tell-all book about his life as a royal, he said, “I think it was very nice that they invited him, but I was a little surprised.” The… the book was just awful.”

Trump also accused Harry’s wife of being “disrespectful” to Queen Elizabeth. Harry and Meghan have publicly complained about their royal duties and relationships within the royal family, causing heartache and embarrassment for the fading queen.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at City Hall during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 in Dusseldorf, Germany, September 6, 2022. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Farage and Trump connection

Farage and Trump share certain affinities.

Farage, a former British political leader, was “one of the few people who predicted that Donald Trump would win the presidential election.” Farage website Farage added that he was “the first foreign politician to meet the newly elected president at Trump Tower just days after his historic victory.”

Trump calls Farage “Mr. Brexit”, referring to the exit of the British from the EU, or Farage’s pivotal role in Brexit.

Closing his interview with Trump, Farage said whether people liked the former president or not, “He will be a very important figure in the global debate between now and November 2024. I have absolutely no doubt about that.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.