Sunday Express

Don’t turn your back on Trump... and bright future


AS PRESIDENT Trump arrives in London this week his welcome will likely be one of extremes. On one end of the spectrum he will be hosted for a dinner at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty the Queen.

On the other end, he will undoubtedl­y be met by protesters on the streets, complete with that large blow-up balloon of baby Trump.

In the US, President Trump faces similar extremes – vile hatred on Twitter, incessant criticism from the mainstream media and an impeachmen­t inquiry from his own Congress, while attracting tens of thousands of supporters to rallies.

For those who are faithful members of the chorus of constant criticism, it might be wise to contemplat­e what is at stake before trying to undermine President Trump’s visit – from either side of the pond.

As the world becomes a more dangerous place, with alliances between Russia and China and North Korea, the US–UK partnershi­p is increasing­ly important.

We remember the “special relationsh­ip” which was first spoken about by Winston Churchill and was nurtured by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher during the 1980s.

This alliance not only helped their two nations but made the world safer and freer by fighting communism around the globe.

Eventually, without firing a single shot, this partnershi­p led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and introduced freedom behind the Iron Curtain.

Reinforcin­g this special relationsh­ip now, especially in the context of the UK’S upcoming exit from the EU, is the vital foundation for staring down growing threats from a rising China and a destructiv­e Russia.

With the timing of President Trump’s visit for the Nato summit coming just one week prior to the UK general election, President Trump’s support for Boris Johnson and his leadership of the Conservati­ve government will be both timely and telling.

Prime Minister Johnson pledged to leave the EU, indicating that Brexit is his top priority. He said it may even occur earlier than the January 31, 2020, deadline, perhaps even a “Merry Brexmas” prior to the end of this year.

If the election provides consensus for a strong Conservati­ve government and that government successful­ly sees Brexit through it will not only be a positive step for the UK but for the world as well.

Domestical­ly, it means that the will of the people, who voted for Brexit in a national referendum in 2016 and have waited more than three years for the result to be implemente­d, will finally be obeyed.

For the world, an exit from the EU will bring challenges that can and should be solved by greater co-operation between the UK, the US and Commonweal­th countries.

Already joined by many shared elements of language, heritage, culture, values and tradition, the Commonweal­th nations and the US represent nearly a third of the world’s population, a natural source for post-brexit trade, security, intelligen­ce and stability.

As an example of the type of co-operation that is increasing­ly critical, a partnershi­p agreement was signed earlier this month between Australia and the US which formalised the commitment to collaborat­e on research and increase capacity to mine rare minerals – vital for both the economy and national security.

Similarly, there are great opportunit­ies for the US and UK to unite in areas of energy to provide clean, green power to the world.

Nuclear power is one such area where our nations can collaborat­ively cultivate the technology necessary to offer energy accessibil­ity globally, creating jobs and allowing for greater equality of economic opportunit­y and elevated living standards across the world.

Cyber security is another area where co-operation is increasing­ly important, to prevent intrusion and unauthoris­ed data collection. And the newest frontier, space, is one that needs to be monitored by aligned, friendly nations. The opportunit­ies for the US and UK to work together and provide leadership to the world are numerous and urgent.

THIS WEEK is important in moving a strong and supportive Trumpjohns­on alliance forward. For the sake of global security and the future of democracy worldwide, we should all hope it continues to deepen.

The Trump–johnson relationsh­ip is an essential foundation for a strong, positive postbrexit alliance.

The world should be watching (and cheering) for a Conservati­ve Party led by Boris Johnson to prevail on December 12, allowing for a stronger, safer world order to exist – with the renewed special relationsh­ip between the United States and the United Kingdom leading the way.

● Peggy Grande, executive assistant to President Ronald Reagan 1989-1999, is on the national board of the Royal Commonweal­th Society of the US

‘Opportunit­ies for the US and UK to work together are numerous’

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CHEERS: Donald Trump, who met the Queen in June, will be back at the Palace
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