Theresa May went to the United States last night to chummy up with Republicans, and especially Donald Trump.
Let’s just say she wasn’t received that well.
Don’t get us wrong, Republicans liked her speech a lot. They were over the moon that May was willing to praise Donald Trump.
But not everyone saw it that way. Here is Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo:
May's speech seems desperate and slavish. She knows her audience.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 26, 2017
and John Cassidy from the New Yorker, agreeing:
"Desperate and slavish" is a fair description of the UK govt's entire posture. Even Churchill didn't grovel like this in WW2 for Lend-Lease. https://t.co/GrUU2OU41k
— John Cassidy (@JohnCassidy) January 26, 2017
And there were many more sentiments like this.
May backed away from explicitly praising Trump, but she was full of noise about the “special relationship”:
President Trump’s victory – achieved in defiance of all the pundits and the polls – and rooted not in the corridors of Washington, but in the hopes and aspirations of working men and women across this land. Your party’s victory in both the Congress and the Senate where you swept all before you, secured with great effort and achieved with an important message of national renewal.
Because of these strong economic and commercial links – and our shared history and the strength of our relationship – I look forward to pursuing talks with President Trump and his new Administration about a new UK/US Free Trade Agreement in the coming months.
Does that mean opening up the NHS to private American companies?
Does that mean allowing lower quality American food products – some of which are banned by the EU – into the UK market?
The Tories are not giving anything away, but that is the sort of deal the Americans will be looking for. And given how desperate May is for a trade deal, we are going in that direction.
While Angela Merkel told Trump she would only work with him on the basis of “shared values”, May has abandoned any pretence she has any values.
The UK will now tolerate anything for the sake of a trade deal with the US it seems