Can This Man Keep the ‘Special Relationship’ Special? – Foreign Policy
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A delighted Farage tweets a photo of him and the president-elect at Trump Tower. May was not on a list of world leaders to get an early call. There is clearly danger in that sometimes, but there is also opportunity as well. January May becomes the first world leader to visit Trump. They are photographed holding hands.
Becoming the first world leader hosted by Trump in the White House, the prime minister came bearing a gift — an invitation on behalf of the Queen for a state visit. Downing Street was thrilled by the trip. The coverage suggested the special relationship was back on — an unplanned hand-holding picture splashed across the front pages confirmed as much.
Gone were the concerns about Britain being caught short. May also proved she could win policy concessions. The feeling, it would seem, was not mutual. May just does not have the charisma.
Can This Man Keep the ‘Special Relationship’ Special?
The pair have met and talked dozens of times since then, without a spark. They talk with professional courtesy. There are no blazing rows. But the warmth seen between some of their predecessors is simply absent.
It is a view substantiated above all by an incident that occurred last November. The US president, enjoying a familiar early morning social-media session, shared some videos on Twitter. A third showed a boy being hurled off a roof.
The president sent all the tweets by 7am. First through a Downing Street spokesman and then in person with the cameras rolling, the prime minister made her stance clear: Trump, fuming at the public dressing down from May, let rip at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The fallout from the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury was an example. As May scrambled to build support against the Kremlin, Trump pushed back.
Trump eventually expelled 60 Russian diplomats, delivering the prime minister a tangible success — even if subsequently he reportedly complained that aides had misled him about the diplomatic responses of Germany and France in the crisis.
Another made an unfavourable comparison to Macron, the French president, who has hit it off with Trump.
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First he stayed quiet on the poisoning. Then he failed to mention the attack in a call to Russian president Vladimir Putin — while still finding time to congratulate him on his election victory. Eventually, the US action — expulsions — was emphatic.
The zigzag decision-making has become a pattern. Steel tariffs were announced off-hand to reporters, European Union nations were exempted, then tariffs applied two months later. And though Trump is currently due to be visiting next month, the state visit, offered in Januaryis yet to be scheduled.
According to those who have listened in, May valiantly attempts to stick to the agreed agenda as Trump takes the conversation in any direction he fancies. What happened to Churchill after he was kicked out of office inthe president wanted to know.
The prime minister, surprised but unperturbed, explained how he managed to win a later election, as aides raised eyebrows at the impromptu history lesson. On another occasion, when Trump had angered No 10 by tweeting criticism over the Parsons Green bombing in September last year, the president was spotted on television. Expressing concern to the cameras, Trump declared he was heading inside to call May immediately.
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It was the first Downing Street had heard of it, sending aides scrambling to find time in her diary. They talked later that day. Of course, it was just such competition that famously strained the Anglo-American alliance during the war itself. Duncan HullCC BY This romanticised and occasionally sexualised special relationship continued to receive attention — and criticism — in the late 20th century. When, at the height of the s Cold War, a famous poster criticising the alliance between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher depicted the two in their own version of Gone with the Wind.
Reagan, the B-movie actor, sweeps into his arms a swooning Thatcher. In the background, nuclear armageddon unfolds.
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It was just this idea that later led Richard Curtis to offer a very different vision of Anglo-American relations. But in the real world, the relationship is playing out rather differently now. As May meets Trump, more than seven decades of ideas and images celebrating a romanticised special relationship collide with an unpredictable president who is on record as having said things which, at best, are grossly misogynistic, and at worst constitute an admittance of sexual assault.
No such issue was at stake in the era of Thatcher.
Reagan, for all his faults, was a careful diplomat and an ideological ally.