One wants to be president of the ‘most powerful’ country in the world while the other wants to be prime minister of a country that once controlled more than a quarter of the globe during the empire days.
Both countries share a deep history, for one was a colony of the other a few centuries ago.
On world stage, the two countries always stand together, shoulder to shoulder, because they share same values. But the two men aspiring to be leaders of these two countries have very different views about the world at large.
It will be interesting to see how the world will be like under a Trump-led US and Corbyn-led UK.
I took the following quotations from both men from various internet sources.
Donald Trump about himself
“People love me. And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me,” Donald J. Trump.
“Somebody made the statement that Donald Trump has built or owns the greatest collection of golf courses, ever, in the history of golf. And I believe that is 100 percent true,” Donald J. Trump.
“My big focus is China and OPEC and all of these countries that are just absolutely destroying the United States,” Donald J. Trump.
“But I believe in fair trade, and I will tell you, I have many, many friends heading up corporations, and people that do just business in China, they say it’s virtually impossible. It’s very, very hard to come into China. And yet, we welcome them with open arms,” Donald J.Trump.
“So we really need jobs now. We have to take jobs away from other countries because other countries are taking our jobs. There is practically not a country that does business with the United States that isn’t making let’s call it a very big profit. I mean China is going to make US$300 billion on us at least this year,” Donald J. Trump.
“China gets their oil from Libya. Why isn’t China involved? They’re going out spending billions of dollars a day on trying to take over the world economically. And we’re spending billions and billions and billions of dollars on policing the world. Why isn’t China involved with Libya? That we don’t get oil from Libya, China does,” Donald J. Trump.
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either,” Donald J. Trump.
“The US has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems,” Donald J. Trump.
“Our politicians are stupid. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them?” Donald J. Trump.
“Mexico’s making a fortune off the United States,” Donald J. Trump.
“(Mexico) are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.
“We’re going to do a wall; we’re going to have a big, fat beautiful door on the wall; we’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to come in legally,” Donald J. Trump.
“I love Mexicans. I’ve had tremendous relationships with people in Mexico. But we need a strong border. I said we need a wall!” Donald J. Trump.
“Mexico’s going to pay for the wall. I love the Mexican people; I respect the Mexican leaders, but their leaders are much sharper, much smarter and more cunning than our leader,” Donald J. Trump.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
On Islamic State
“I would bomb the s**t out of ‘em!” Donald J. Trump.
Jeremy Corbyn on Africa
“The media’s treatment of the Congolese is a stark reminder of the way in which Africa is ignored and sends a clear signal that, in the eyes of Western broadcasters, Africans are less valuable than Europeans or US citizens. But responsibility for much of the current situation lies in the West. The DRC was a creation of colonial greed in the 19th Century and mining, logging and mineral interests continue to create huge wealth globally,” Jeremy Corbyn.
On US-UK relationship
“My basis (in foreign policy) would be that I want to see the protection and preservation of human rights around the world, dealing with issues of global hunger and inequality, and the environmental disaster that is facing this planet, I think ‘this’ should be the basis of how we go about things, rather than the basis at the moment which often appears to be ‘to look at’ what the White House wants and ‘then’ see if we can deliver it for them. We should be for human rights, not a force for military interventions,” Jeremy Corbyn.
On welfare reforms and poverty
“How dare these people talk about security for families and people in Britain? There’s no security for the 2,8 million households in Britain forced into problem debt by stagnating wages and the Tory record of the longest fall in living standards since records began,” Jeremy Corbyn.
“We see constituents who are manifestly incapable of undertaking any normal work… Those whose applications for benefits are subsequently rejected go through a period of incredible stress and some, sadly, take their lives during that time. Applicants who appeal usually win. Why are we putting people who are already in a vulnerable position through this dreadful, appalling stress?” Jeremy Corbyn.
“There are a number of points on which I wish to challenge… The first is the Chancellor’s really strange statistic that Britain spends seven percent of the world’s welfare budget, which is, he said, way above the average of every other country. He may be unaware of it, but many countries in the world have no welfare budget of any sort. In large swathes of Africa and Latin America, there is no public assistance for people in poverty or desperation. It is a ludicrous statistic plucked out of the air and used to justify a quite appalling attack on many of the poorest people in this country,” Jeremy Corbyn.
“The Government is taking in 25 000 over five years… it’s got to be much more than that, that’s a tiny figure,”Jeremy Corbyn.
“Germany is taking several hundred thousand people and I think we should have been part of the European programme from the very beginning in 2013. We are a big country but we can’t solve the problem on our own – no one country can. Together we have got to do a lot better than this. This is a disgrace. It’s disgraceful this camp,” Jeremy Corbyn.
“We have to do more. As a matter of urgency, David Cameron should act to give refuge to unaccompanied refugee children now in Europe – as we did with Jewish Kindertransport children escaping from Nazi tyranny in the 1930s,” Jeremy Corbyn.
On International Aid
“I thank the Hon Gentleman for giving way. He is obviously not aware that very large numbers of people in this county feel passionately about inequality in the world, about the Ebola crisis and about many other crises and that they believe that donating money, through the taxpayer and individually, to help to alleviate that terrible suffering involves a moral duty as well as a public good,” Jeremy Corbyn.
Against war in Syria
“Does the Prime Minister believe that extending air strikes to Syria — which is already being bombed by the US, France, Russia and other powers will make a significant military impact on a campaign which has so far seen ISIS gain, as well as lose, territory? Does he expect it will be a war-winning strategy? And why does he think other members of the original coalition including the Gulf States, Canada and Australia have halted their participation?” Jeremy Corbyn.