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Trump’s Response to Queen Elizabeth Passing Was Obviously NOT Written by Him

Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, and the nation’s figurehead for seven decades has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, and it really is quite a shock. Most of us have never known a world without Her Majesty, and we give our love and thoughts to the people of the United Kingdom who are surely heartbroken.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Her eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Her family had rushed to be by her side at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, after doctors expressed concern about her health. She had been suffering from what Buckingham Palace has called “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year, forcing her to withdraw from nearly all her public engagements.

Queen Elizabeth II, who was also the world’s oldest and longest-serving head of state, came to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, when she was just 25.

According to former White House Russia advisor Fiona Hill, Donald Trump was “obsessed” with the idea of making a state visit to the UK and wanted it to be one of his first major foreign trips.

“Going to Buckingham Palace was supposed to be a highlight of his presidency,” Hill’s book said. “Meeting Queen Elizabeth II was particularly important to President Trump. He often referred in conversation to his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, who was originally from Scotland, and her admiration for Queen Elizabeth.”

Hill went on to say that Trump was also “clearly” an admirer of the queen and that he was “always slightly awestruck when he talked about her—his voice and his face would soften. A meeting with the Queen of England was the ultimate sign that he, Trump, had made it in life.”

Trump drew criticism though when it was pointed out that Trump appeared to have broken royal protocol. In July 2018, during an hourlong visit to Windsor Castle, Trump briefly walked in front of the queen — a royal taboo — while they inspected her honor guard.

In 2019, both Donald and Melania Trump appeared to break royal protocol when they chose to shake hands with members of the royal family instead of curtsying and bowing.

Trump took to Truth Social to say: “Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Together with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom during this time of great sorrow and grief. Queen Elizabeth’s historic and remarkable reign left a tremendous legacy of peace and prosperity for Great Britain. Her leadership and enduring diplomacy secured and advanced alliances with the United States and countries……around the world. However, she will always be remembered for her faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women. Melania and I will always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. What a grand and beautiful lady she was—there was nobody like her! Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the great people of the United Kingdom as you honor her most meaningful life and exceptional service to the people. May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts, and may God hold her and Prince Philip in abiding care.”

That was rather normal? And nothing about how Queen Elizabeth liked Trump more than any other president in history. Therefore I find it hard to believe Trump actually wrote that.

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Nicole Hickman is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.