David Cameron jokes about Trump’s ‘comeback’
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Former President Donald Trump on Sunday hinted at a possible run for president again in 2024. Refusing to admit he lost the November 3 presidential election to Joe Biden, Mr Trump offered a withering critique of his Democratic successor’s first weeks in office and suggested he might run again. But former Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed chances of that happening as he answered questions in front of the National Security Strategy Committee.
Angus MacNeil asked: “Donald Trump fancying a comeback at some point. Has it ever crossed your mind?
Mr Cameron replied: “Thinking about Donald Trump making a comeback is enough to keep us all spinning over.
“I am happy doing what I’m doing for Alzheimer’s and dementia and I’ve spent a lot of time on that.”
Mr Cameron went on to name three top foreign policy issues which Boris Johnson needs to make decisions on.
He detailed what problems Boris Johnson could face as Prime Minister. He said: “Different Prime Ministers will want to work in different ways and I totally respect that.
“I think that Prime Ministers over time will get drawn towards the national security council approach because I think the longer you do the job the more you see the need to drive progress on issues where you’ve got the key voices around the table.
“I think obviously with Brexit we have something which was an enormous national endeavour which took a lot of time away from other issues.
“I think there was a mistake of having one person who was national security advisor and cabinet secretary.
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“I suspect now with a new national security advisor, I feel pretty confident that Boris Johnson would use it to drive these big issues.
“We’ve got big decisions to make on the relationship with China, what we do with all those relationships with Africa, how we deal with future pandemics.
“It’s hard to think of a better forum for the Prime Minister to receive all the information, make the decisions and get things done.”
Mr Cameron said Theresa May made a “very bad mistake” allowing the role of cabinet secretary and national security adviser to be merged, with Sir Mark Sedwill holding both roles during her tenure in Downing Street.
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“I think it was for instance a very bad mistake combining cabinet secretary and national security adviser – they are two jobs,” he told the committee.
“For one person, even if you were a cross of Einstein, Wittgenstein and Mother Teresa, you couldn’t possibly do both jobs and I think that temporarily weakened the National Security Council.”
On Mr Johnson’s decision to scrap the Department for International Development (DfID), Mr Cameron said: “I think abolishing DfID is a mistake too for all sorts of reasons but one of which is actually having the Foreign Office voice around the (National Security Council) table and the DfID voice around the table I think is important – they are not necessarily the same thing.
“Can you really expect the foreign secretary to do all of the diplomatic stuff and be able to speak to the development brief as well? That’s quite a task, so I think it is good to have both.”
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