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What does 'President Trump' mean for the UK? By Belware Team
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As the heat of one of the most divisive US Presidential elections in history begins to wane, many Americans have been left
feeling exhausted and concerned for the future. But, due to the great global influence of the country, that anxiety is not
simply confined to the United States. With many people in the UK wondering what this result means for the future of Britain
and its relationship with our closest foreign ally, we consider what we already know in the wake of the Presidential election.
Trump on Great Britain
The USA and Great Britain have a well-known ‘special relationship’ – a term famously used to describe the strong political and
social bond between the two nations by Winston Churchill shortly after the second world war.
Reaffirmed more recently by President Obama in the wake of the Brexit decision, the special relationship has quite certainly endured the
test of time (as well as some serious international uncertainty). But, what does the President Elect think of this time honoured partnership?
Well, we already know that Donald Trump has a deal of respect for the iconic British leader, Winston Churchill, after recent reports revealed
that he aims to return the bust of Churchill back to the Oval Office, following his formal appointment. Some will remember
the minor outrage that ensued in response to President Obama’s removal of the bust from the Oval Office back in 2009, which
he replaced with a depiction of the great African American civil rights activist: Martin Luther King
Aside from the billionaire’s respect for one of Britain’s most famous leaders, he’s also shown admiration for the British people as
a result of their recent decision to leave the European Union. He’s since made positive remarks about America’s future trade
relationship with the UK, saying that Britain would not be “at the back of the queue” when it comes to formalizing a trade deal
with the US, following the Brexit decision.
Britain on Donald Trump
However, Trump is unlikely to forget the public scrutiny he received from British politicians early on during his race for the White House.
The real estate giant was condemned by a number of senior politicians as a result of his immigration plans – specifically, his
announced ban on Muslims entering the United States, which even resulted in the then Prime Minister David Cameron airing public
criticism, describing the candidates remarks as “divisive, stupid and wrong”.
But, perhaps more worryingly, Donald Trump received a scathing critique from the current UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Johnson, who was Mayor
of London at the time, said that comments made by Donald Trump about the threat posed by Muslims made him unfit to hold office.
However, shortly after news of the Trump victory emerged, Boris made a rather expected U-turn on his view of the now President Elect, describing
him as a “deal-maker” and urging people not to “pre-judge” him. This change in attitude towards Donald Trump is not confined to the Foreign Secretary.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has congratulated Mr Trump on his victory and reaffirmed that Britain and America continue
to have a special relationship. She’s made clear that she looks forward to working with him and has avoided making comment on
his pre-election rhetoric.
Altogether, despite the controversial remarks made by Trump during his race for the White House, or the subsequent condemnation he faced from senior British
politicians, the tension seems to have now mostly subsided and both parties appear keen to move on. However, the real test for Theresa May’s government
will now be in determining its position on some of the controversial measures Trump is likely to take when appointed as
President for the United States.