The past few months have been testing for the so-called special relationship. President Trump’s visit to the UK ended in disaster for Theresa May when the US President gave an interview to the Sun in which he declared that her proposed Brexit deal would kill any chance of a UK/US trade deal. However, not all Cabinet ministers had a wholly bad experience.
On Tuesday night, Mr S headed along to Jeremy Hunt’s Foreign Office Christmas reception at Lancaster House – also known as the ‘Foreign Secretary’s leadership launch,’ according to a fellow Cabinet minister. In his speech, Hunt told guests how his own relationship with Trump had flourished on that visit. The reason? It’s not that Hunt hit it off with Trump in person. Instead, the Foreign Secretary had given an interview to Fox News to mark Trump’s trip in which he mentioned various Trump policies he found positives to:
‘The next morning at Chequers, I met the president. He came down and said — ‘Great interview!’ And then he said: ‘I turned to the person next to me and said ‘I don’t know who this guy is, but great.’
Perhaps there’s hope for British diplomacy yet…