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The Political Junkie: A Rocky Week Abroad For Donald Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, stands with British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England, Friday, July 13, 2018.

President Donald Trump is in the United Kingdom for a two-day visit with British leaders. The visit turned awkward after the president blasted U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in the press one day before the two were set to meet. He told a British tabloid that May ignored his advice on Brexit and that her political rival Boris Johnson would make an excellent prime minister.

Trump traveled to London from a NATO summit earlier in the week, where he criticized Germany’s relationship with Russia and shared concerns about how much member states are paying for defence.

Guest host Anita Rao talks to Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the president’s foreign diplomacy strategy. They also look at Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nomination to fill the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.