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Street on Trump: distasteful and disrespectful

Street on Trump: distasteful and disrespectful

🕔15.Jun 2018

Donald Trump and Andy Street came to their respective elected offices less than four months apart. This week, they both celebrated their birthdays.

As President Trump basked in the glory of his Singapore Summit with Chairman Kim, Mayor Street was kicking off his State of the Region address in Coventry.

Introducing the Renaissance Mayor

So far, very similar.

We asked Mr Street what leadership lessons he took from the US President after their year or so in office. After careful thought, the normally diplomatic Mr Street did not hold back.

I actually take something negative….

I found listening to this morning’s news and comparing it with what happened in Canada slightly distasteful, if I’m honest.

In the sense that the Canadians hosting of the G7 Conference did not deserve to be treated in the way that it was.

So, what I take from it all is, actually, there’s a real question of building alliances, networks, teams….and you’ve got to show far, far, far more respect to the people who are your natural allies.

And I would hope that is something that I have tried to do in the course of the last year – to build those relationships.

Mr Street often talks about teamwork being at the heart of recent successes in the West Midlands.

The Mayor has experienced some local difficulties in the last year, not least over the Mayoral Precept.

Street loses first vote as Mayor

But we don’t expect the ever courteous Mr Street to be tearing up a Summit Communique and building a close relationship with a murderous dictator anytime soon.

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