By: Steve Dellar | 01-12-2018 | News
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Is The US-UK 'Special Relationship' In Danger?

The diplomatic relationship between the US and the UK is known amongst diplomats as the ‘special’ relationship. Both countries recognize each other’s greatness in the 20th century as being global powers and realize that it is better to work together rather than against each other. Their shared history and use of English as their main language also is an important point.

There have been instances when the two leaders of those nations got along very well.

Such was the case for Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s who many claim ended the cold war and, also very famously, the very good relationship between George W. Bush and Tony Bair in 2003 when the duo decided to invade Iraq.

And then there is the current relationship between US President Trump and UK Prime Minister May.

The latest news from the White House administration that the US President will not be visiting the UK later this year as was first planned marks another big step back in the relationship.

Not in the least for the UK in fact.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is criticized from both sides by London politicians in Whitehall for her handling of the Trump administration. The opposition claims that she should slam Mr Trump for his handling of certain global issues whilst the criticizers within her own Tory conservative party want her to embrace Mr Trump, knowing full well that for Brexit to be a success, the UK needs a trade deal with the US fast.

Even though it got off to a good start for Trump-May as she was the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House after his inauguration, things have only gone downhill since.

Mrs May is a classically schooled and very British politician, never letting her emotions show, who has trouble keeping up with the fast world of Mr Trump’s tweeting. The cancellation of the UK trip by Mr Trump won’t upset many Americans, but the British start to realize that after leaving the EU, it might be a good idea to keep the US as a friend.

US diplomats in London won’t admit it, but the strain on the famous British upper lip of their counterparts is starting to show.


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Anonymous No. 15925 2018-01-12 : 16:18

May should know better and keep a friend.

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