In recent weeks, Republicans Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and even former presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have all jogged back their prior criticisms of Donald Trump and seem to have gotten behind the Trump campaign.
But Senate Republicans aren’t the only people in the world walking back their criticisms of the man now confirmed as the Republican Presidential candidate. Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, who previously called Trump “stupid”, said he would welcome Trump should he visit the UK during the run up to the presidential elections. While that is a far cry from an endorsement, it is a shift in position after Cameron responded to Trump’s proposed Muslim-ban by saying that Trump would “unite us all against him.”
Speaking at the G7 summit in Japan on Friday, Cameron cited the “special” relationship between the UK and the United States. He also congratulated Trump for completing an “extraordinary marathon” of a campaign process.
“I believe in the special relationship. I believe the special relationship will work whoever is in whichever jobs in the UK or in the U.S. It’s a shared interest about values and about security and prosperity in our world,” Cameron said. “In terms of Donald Trump and the UK, you know, often these candidates choose to come through various European countries in the run-up to the U.S. elections. I don’t know if that will happen this time. No dates are fixed, but I’m always happy to meet people on that basis.”
Trump hasn’t received many other glowing endorsements from the international community. The president of the Philippines, a man who has been compared to Trump for his vulgar speaking style and populist rhetoric, even called Trump a bigot.
President Obama gave his take on how world leaders view Trump yesterday. Also speaking from the G7 summit, Obama said, “[World leaders] are rattled by [him] and for good reason. Because a lot of the proposals he has made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines, instead of actually thinking through what it is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous, and what’s required to keep the world on an even keel.”