Prime Minister Theresa May’s staffers find it incredibly awkward and cringe-worthy to deal with US President Donald Trump, Downing Street sources have told HuffPost UK.
While Trump is being treated to displays of military equipment, tea with the Queen, and a black-tie dinner during his visit to Britain, “it’s like Groundhog day, like you’ve never met him before,” a staffer told the website.
When he talks, “everyone rolls their eyes as if to say ‘you know nothing,’ but of course, Theresa just sidesteps it.”
On several occasions, Trump begun conversations with May by saying: “So, have ya Brexited yet?” like they had never met before, insiders said.
They also said Trump was “being undiplomatic and really like a golf club bore.”
During talks, Trump appeared unable to focus on a topic, and “has no attention span,” a British insider told HuffPost. “It’s like pinning a jelly to a wall. In fact, I thought he had some kind of ADHD by the time we left. He was all over the place.
“And his team are so subservient to him, yes sir, no sir. It was pathetic, grown men like [Mike] Pence acting like puppies.”
Even “trying to have consistent conversations was difficult,” the source said.
“The overwhelming impression you got was this was someone who was completely naïve about the world of government,” insiders told HuffPost.