Does Donald Trump 'really know' the Queen? Ex-POTUS calls her 'tremendous person' even after she 'trolls' him

Donald Trump met the Queen during the state visit in 2019 but even as he sides with her, it might appear that they might not be all that pally

Does Donald Trump 'really know' the Queen? Ex-POTUS calls her 'tremendous person' even after she 'trolls' him
Former President Donald Trump is greeted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019, in London, England (Getty Images)
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Donald Trump has expressed support for the Queen following Meghan Markle and Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Amidst racism and mistreatment accusations and mounting pressure on the monarchy, the former president has sided with the Queen explicitly saying, "I'm not a fan of hers [Meghan's]".

This comes with rumors of Meghan planning to launch her political career and making her way to the White House. While Trump shared his mind on that, he also clearly took Meghan's side. 

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In response to Meghan's rumored political aspirations, Trump said on Fox News, "Well I hope that happens because if that happened I think I'd have an even stronger feeling toward running," adding, "I'm not a fan of hers."

Then, taking the Queen's side, he said, "I think that what she talks about the royal family and the Queen, and I happen to think, I know the Queen as you know, I met with the Queen and I think the Queen is a tremendous person and I am not a fan of Meghan."

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Trump's visit to the Queen 

Donald Trump claims to know the Queen and even says she is a "tremendous person". But even as he sides with her, it might appear that they might not be all that pally. 

If you recall Trump's first official state visit to the UK in 2019, he was not staying at Buckingham Palace. At the time, it was said that the ongoing repair and renovation effort could not permit it. The work was reportedly going to last for up to 10 years and cost as much as £369 million (around $465 million). But everything else that was planned for the visit would continue as per usual. 

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Former US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II make a toast during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019, in London, England (Getty Images)

On this trip, the Queen gifted Trump an abridged first edition of Winston Churchill's book, 'The Second World War'. News reports everywhere had said that this might have been a dig at Trump since not only is it a book and Trump has been accused of not liking to read, and that it's a book about an anti-fascist. At the time, late-night cable show host Trevor Noah joked on The Daily Show, "Either she doesn’t know Trump or she’s trolling him."

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People even starting taking notice of the small details. "It's being noticed that Queen Elizabeth has orchestrated hidden secret rebukes in much of this visit, from Rev. Hall's prayer "inspire their governments with vision, understanding and integrity" to her gift of Churchill's book. "POTUS is bragging how nice she's being to him," one user had tweeted. Another said one needs to be more open to convey the message to Trump. "It takes a full set of wits to understand the subtly, not a half set."

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More from that trip, the Queen made some comments during the banquet that political scientist David Rothkopf had described as the Queen trolling Trump. "Folks, the Queen is trolling Trump hard here, with remarks underscoring the importance of the alliances and the international institutions Trump is working so hard to undermine and dismantle. This is really quite an extraordinary reproach from her to him," he had said. 

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During his summer 2018 visit to England, he was accused of committing several royal faux-pas. This included him being late to meet the queen at Windsor Castle, walking in front of her, shaking her hand instead of bowing, and turning his back to her. But he seemed unfazed by it all. Before their meeting at the time, he had said, "If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don’t see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman."

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