Wednesday 26 April 2017

Nicholas Leonard: Cameron's US visit won't be a barrel of laughs

Nicholas Leonard

Sounding sincerely sorry is a crucial skill for UK prime ministers these days and David Cameron is very good at it, as he showed in his deft handling of the Saville inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

But he faces a difficult, perhaps impossible, challenge to his regret repertoire tomorrow when he meets US President Barack Obama in Washington for the first time since he took over from Gordon Brown in Downing Street.

The two men are trapped in a shared nightmare in Afghanistan and they will be able to paper over their differences on how the risks of a double-dip world recession can be avoided.

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