Inside Theresa May and Donald Trump’s not-so-special relationship… And what does it mean for the UK? They meet, but there’s no spark. Theresa wants to discuss policy, Donald wants to chat about the golf. She’s ‘weak’, ‘a schoolmistress’. He ‘spirals off topic’. The Telegraph’s US editor Ben Riley-Smith speaks to aides and confidants on both sides of the Atlantic about how the prime minister can catch the president’s eye – and whether she should even bother29 JUNE 2018 • 8:52PM As a display of Western unity, it was nothing short of a disaster. World leaders had gathered in Canada for the G7 earlier this month with low expectations. Donald Trump’s raging trade war had driven a wedge between allies, as had his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Even so, the conference could not have gone much worse. The US president began by proposing Russia rejoin the group, continued by rejecting demands to drop his trade tariffs and ended by refusing to sign the joint communiqué and insulting Justin Trudeau, the host country’s leader. The gathering shone a harsh light on Trump’s unpredictable, unprecedented leadership. But for British eyes, it also illuminated something else – the apparent disconnect between the… Read full this story
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