Conservative British prime minister Theresa May met with president Trump as the first foreign leader to do so.
May rose up to lead Britain not through a general election but through a party selection process when prime minister David Cameron resigned after advocating against the June 2016 vote for Britain to leave the European Union, which won by a 52 to 48 margin.
Until she arrived in the US May appeared only as an image in news stories. But when she appeared with Trump, she dazzled. She was lively and informed, well spoken and eminently likeable.
For those of us who lived through the perilous 1980s when the communist Soviet Union still threatened the world, we remember the historic anti-communist alliance of Republican US president Ronald Reagan and Britain’s conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
May is surprisingly like Thatcher. May and Thatcher are the only women to have ever led the British government and both are conservatives, which should be noted by Hillary Clinton supporters.
Soviet communism ended up on “the ash heap of history” as Reagan predicted, but we now have three new threats – globalism, communist China and radical Islamic terrorism.
As a result there is a strong new alliance forming between the US and Britain. Said May in a speech: “As we rediscover our confidence together –- as you renew your nation just as we renew ours –- we have the opportunity, indeed the responsibility, to renew the special relationship for this new age. We have the opportunity to lead, together, again.”
Trump and May met in the Oval Office where days before Trump had reinstated the bust of wartime British prime minister Winston Churchill, which Obama had removed. The symbolism was exceptional.
May and Trump are eager to cement an alliance not only to further trade between the two nations, but to drive a wedge into a fracturing Europe, which appears headed to undoing the European Union bureaucracy in an era when Trump is vowing to renegotiate or cancel globalist trade policies like NAFTA and TPP.
Interestingly, Britain’s economy has done better than the rest of Europe’s since the Brexit vote after socialists claimed in panic that Brexit would smother Britain.
Close ties between the UK and the US also would show that neither nation is rejecting global alliances or international relations after Trump’s America First campaign and Britain’s vote to leave the EU.
May is only the first leader to meet with Trump, and just one week into his presidency. Other leaders will follow despite claims in the globalist media that nobody will want to meet with Trump. Rest assured that they all will.
What these media skunks fear most is that leaders will meet with Trump and gravitate to his anti-globalist point of view, which is spreading worldwide.
It is significant to remember that anti-globalism is not isolationism. Anti-globalism is simply the rejection of fundamental globalist concepts like crony socialism, open borders and government bureaucracy.
Trump has even criticized NATO but that does not mean that he plans to pull out of international defense agreements. He is simply saying that NATO is outdated and needs to be updated and possibly even re-named, which sound like good ideas.
May said: “On defense and security cooperation, we’re united in our recognition of NATO as the bulwark of our collective defense and we reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this alliance. We’re 100% behind NATO. I agreed to continue my efforts to persuade my fellow European leaders to deliver on their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense, so that the burden is more fairly shared.”
America currently spends 3% and that is a historic low. Trump hopes to bump this up to 4% to 5%. Europe needs to get to at least 2% and more so that the US is not paying for Europe’s defense as it has since the end of World War II.
May’s visit also marks the beginning of a new era in trade between the US and Britain, hopefully the basis of a genuine free trading system for the world, rather than contrived deals like NAFTA, which has badly harmed the US economy in favor of Mexico.
May said in a speech: “The leadership provided by our two countries through the special relationship has done more than win wars and overcome adversity. It made the modern world. The institutions upon which that world relies were so often conceived or inspired by our two nations working together.”
Bravo. May even offered to help Trump to prevent the West from being “eclipsed” by China. This is good news, as Trump has led the charge against China trade and military policies that have hurt the US and the world and helped China.
May also promised to confront Iran’s “malign influence” in the Middle East and said she would do more to defend Israel while hoping to engage Russia more in the Syria peace process.
May also extended an invitation from the Queen to president Trump and his wife Melania to visit Britain later this year. “I am delighted that the president has accepted that invitation,” she said.
May congratulated Trump on his “stunning election victory” and drew parallels between their political philosophies, saying: “If you look at the approach that we’re both taking, one of the things we have in common is that we will put the interests of working people right up there, center stage.”
Amen. And that you for visiting, Madame Prime Minister…
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