Mike's Minute: Trump proves yet again he's up to the job

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Monday, 16 July 2018, 7:41a.m.

If he was an act, and of course many people argue he is, but if he was an act, the tour would have been called the "tell it like it is" tour.

Trump hits Europe.

I happened to be watching it live as he arrived to lambaste Stoltenberg at NATO.

And it being live no one knew what was coming, but it was fantastic to watch.

By the time the editors and journalists had got to it the next day it was watered down.

But at one point when Stoltenberg was desperately trying to explain that NATO were in fact looking at having members pay more, Trump asked, "and why is that?"

And Stoltenberg said because of your leadership to which Trump said, "they won't report that."

And by in large, they didn’t.

The other part that was cut out was just before the live feed ended, or more likely got pulled, and there was an official next to Stoltenberg madly scribbling notes on paper, he handed it to Stoltenberg who read it, buried it below the table, and shortly after the pictures were gone.

We have all seen what followed, the fallout, the headlines, the upset, those who hate Trump are incensed.

But really, what is there to be incensed about? On NATO, its membership and what members pay Trump is arguing maths, and he's right.100 percent right.

What the haters can't cope with is the truth.

His attack on Brexit is more open to criticism, I'm sure Ms May would argue she is doing what's best for both sides.

But she's lost David Davis and Boris, and is in real danger now of being rolled herself. So maybe Trump's approach which is what you'd call a hard Brexit is the right option.

Brexit is a divorce, Europe is the bitter ex. To try and paper over those cracks is almost always futile, you pull the pin and walk and let time do the repair work.

But for Trump this tour is a triumph, there cannot be an American who voted for him that would feel let down by his representation.

He appeals to those of us who like straight talk and open honesty, as opposed to the obsequious flannel and hot air that passes for diplomacy most days.

He's his own man and fears no one, and increasingly as he doesn’t waiver, those around him who pedal the hate look increasingly desperate and dishonest

That Green Day song that was going to number 1, that at last check was 24.

The millions who were to take to the streets, that turned out to be perhaps a hundred thousand.

The baby blimp that was launched in front of a handful.

It all looks increasingly pathetic.

No, you don’t have to like him, but the level of hysteria and abject dishonesty looks embarrassing and desperate.

He's marching on no matter what, and if history tells us anything it's that, by in large, people like strong leadership.

His presidency is getting more robust by the day and Europe will have enhanced it further.

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