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January 25, 2018

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: President Trump predicts ‘tremendous increase’ in UK-US trade.

He also said the US and UK were “joined at the hip” on military matters, while Mrs May said they stood “shoulder to shoulder” in facing shared threats.

In a series of warm exchanges in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump also told the UK PM: “We love your country.”

He also rejected “false rumours” of differences, saying that the two leaders “like each other a lot”.

It seems like only a day or two ago that David Frum claimed we had a President who was “smashing apart America’s alliance structures.”

Unlike some US presidents I could name, whose administration referred to one of our allies as a “chickenshit” and a “coward,” ungraciously dismissed Great Britain fairly regularly, stripped planned missile defenses from our NATO allies in vain pursuit of Putin’s friendship — all before taking Iran’s mullahs into his warm embrace.

I seem to recall Obama promising an “Asia pivot” to strengthen our position there, but failing to deliver. Trump however might actually be achieving it by improving military relations with Japan and even Vietnam.

And it was Obama who poisoned relations with Egypt, and whose strategic spinelessness over Syria that made Russia a power player in the region for the first time in decades.

But Trump is the one upsetting our alliance structure because reasons.