It’s the week of the three buffoons! David Davis decides to quit, Boris Johnson makes a split, and Donald Trump gives Nato a fit.
This week started with a bang when David Davis make his shock resignation from the British cabinet.
Given that he didn’t resign after the discussion in Chequers on Friday, some questioned his motivation for leaving on Sunday night.
David Davis: “Yeah it was about 11:30 Sunday night and I’d had a few and I just thought fuck it…3 day weekend” pic.twitter.com/iXvU4xSgRb
— Barrington (@barry88quinn) July 8, 2018
It was quickly announced that Dominic Raab would take his place.
Chris Deerin said Raab is a damn sight more impressive than the guy he’s replacing.
I don't agree with Dominic Raab on Brexit, but he's a smart and good person, and a damn sight more impressive than the guy he's replacing
— Chris Deerin (@chrisdeerin) July 9, 2018
Berlaymonster retorted that “damn sight more impressive than David Davis” is not an epithet anyone should treasure.
"damn sight more impressive than David Davis" is not an epithet I'd treasure. https://t.co/zC7yMQ57NT
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) July 9, 2018
Lots of googling here in Brussels to find out who Raab is
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) July 9, 2018
Dominic Raab is anagram of "midair bacon", which is quite apt for someone tasked with carrying out a policy that could only work when pigs fly.
— Leonardo Carella (@leonardocarella) July 9, 2018
Speaking of flying…
Did Boris Johnson leave the Cabinet on a zip wire holding UK flags going 'I'm outta here'? pic.twitter.com/BuTpAosMTp
— danalar ✨ (@danalar) July 9, 2018
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 9, 2018
Not looking so strong and stable now!
Donald Tusk said “Politicians come and go, but the problems they have created for people remain.” He regrets that the idea of Brexit has not left with Davis and Johnson.
Politicians come and go but the problems they have created for people remain. I can only regret that the idea of #Brexit has not left with Davis and Johnson. But…who knows?
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 9, 2018
PM’s response to Boris Johnson resignation – “a little surprised” she says, its basically No Boris is better than a Bad Boris pic.twitter.com/InzwYepryj
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) July 9, 2018
I think overall I preferred it when we were good at the diplomacy and shit at the football.
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) July 9, 2018
John McKendrick, Attorney General from Anguilla said good riddance! Describing Johnson as worst Foreign Secretary we’ve ever had. Amid the destruction of Hurricane Irma he was disinterested and out of his depth.
Meeting the worst Foreign Secretary we’ve ever had amongst the destruction of Hurricane Irma in Anguilla. Disinterested and out of his depth he cared nothing for our situation. Good riddance pic.twitter.com/udzzpoZ7OW
— John McKendrick QC?????????️? (@JohnMQC) July 9, 2018
It’s a bold look from May this morning. Scalping your enemies and wearing the trophies is a barbaric practice, but in the case of Boris Johnson, I approve. pic.twitter.com/cNCBwzjOBA
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) July 10, 2018
The other big news this week was the NATO summit and speculation was rife about just how preposterous Donald Trump would be!
What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018
Ana Navarro said Trump tells NATO, Germany is controlled by Russia because that’s from where Germany gets its oil. By that logic, Trump is controlled by Russia because that’s from where Trump got his presidency.
Trump tells NATO, Germany is controlled by Russia because that’s from where Germany gets its oil.
Ok, well, by that logic….
Trump is controlled by Russia because that’s from where Trump got his presidency.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) July 11, 2018
"It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend & who is your strategic problem" – Donald Tusk, European Council President in dismissing Trump's Europe talking points ahead of the #NATOSummit. pic.twitter.com/B0xsquDcvU
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) July 11, 2018
Controversy here at NATO over Trudeau's choice of (a). Power stance and (b). Brown shoes with blue suit pic.twitter.com/AgZsW0KELe
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) July 11, 2018
Sam Wilkin claimed it was banter all round as Europeans fail to brief Trump that the Belgians spell NATO backwards.
Banter all round as Europeans fail to brief Trump that the Belgians spell NATO backwards
— Sam Wilkin (@MrSamWilkin) July 11, 2018
Billy Kapcoe says one of these things doesn’t belong:
— Billy Kapcoe (@BKapcoe) July 11, 2018
And then there was this.
What on EARTH could this idiot have been gazing at during the NATO…
…ah, never mind. pic.twitter.com/Agua5Fgbwl
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 11, 2018
Rebecca Ballhouse summed it it up: Trump arrived 30 minutes late to Thursday’s summit, missed scheduled meetings with at least two world leaders, prompted the sec-gen to call an emergency session, held an impromptu 35-minute news conference, and then left to go to London.
Trump arrived 30 minutes late to today’s NATO summit, missed his scheduled meetings with at least two world leaders, prompted the secretary general to call an emergency session, held an impromptu 35-minute news conference, and is now leaving for the airport go fly to London.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) July 12, 2018
Bet they can’t wait!
Finally, both Belgium and England crashed out of the World Cup this week. I’m not going to get into the inevitable slagging match, so we’ll just show this:
Impressive trolling from Croatia’s interior minister arriving at the EU meeting in Innsbruck.
This is how you arrive at the EU meeting the day after your country made history at the #WorldCup
— Pablo Pérez ?? (@PabloPerezA) July 12, 2018
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And that’s it for this week. Join us again next week for more loss, dross and hot goss in the Brussels bubble twittersphere.