Thursday 21 September 2017

May seeks to rekindle 'special relationship' - but she must tread carefully with an erratic US president

Andrew Hammond

British Prime Minister Theresa May will tomorrow become the first world leader to meet with Donald Trump since he was sworn in as US president last week. The meeting breathes new life into the long-standing 'special relationship', with Mr Trump already calling her "his Maggie", drawing comparisons with the political bond that was forged between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Despite the many political differences between Mrs May and Mr Trump, on the face of it significantly larger than those between Mr Reagan and Mrs Thatcher, both leaders would welcome a constructive partnership which builds on the traditional ties between the two nations.

For Mrs May, the rekindling of this special relationship, in a post-Brexit context, would potentially add some credence to her aspirations for a new "global Britain", while Mr Trump's as yet untested credentials as a leader on the world stage would be burnished.

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