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By Rachel Elbaum
LONDON – Britain and the United States may have a special relationship, but the state visit of President Donald Trump will be a diplomatic balancing act for Britain, where Trump is deeply moved is unpopular.
Even before his arrival at British On the Bank, the president caused a sensation when he took the place of Prime Minister Theresa May and criticized Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.
Trump's journey begins when Britain faces its biggest crisis since World War II.
The divorce from the European Union, the economic and political bloc to which she has been a member for more than 40 years, is currently in the midst of a long and chaotic phase.
This divorce has now overthrown a second prime minister in less than 40 years than three years.
May announced on May 24 that it will resign only a few days after the President's visit as Prime Minister and Chairwoman of its ruling Conservative Party. Her party is in the middle of a heated race to decide who her next leader and next prime minister will be.
In a Friday interview with the British tabloid The Sun, Trump said that Boris Johnson – the divisive populist and former foreign minister who would most like to replace May – would make an "outstanding" prime minister.
"I think Boris would do a very good job and I think he would be great," said Trump.
The President also described the American-born Duchess of Sussex as "angry" with comments she made in 2016, threatening to move to Canada if Trump won the White House.
But he wished her all the best in her new life as a princess. "I'm sure she'll do a great job," he added.
The comments threatened to overshadow the construction of Trump's long-awaited state visit.
Trump is largely unpopular in the UK. He has a positive opinion of Just According to YouGov 21 percent compared to 72 percent for former President Barack Obama.
But he said to The Sun Friday: "I can not imagine that a US president has ever been closer to your big country."
I think I'm really – I hope – I'm really loved in the UK, "he added" I love Britain "
On Tuesday, the day after Trump's arrival, thousands of people are expected to hit the streets of the Capital is going to protest as it did on its last visit in July The same is true of President George W. Bush, whose state visit took place eight months after the invasion of Iraq.
Yet, just because of the Brexit chaos in the UK, this visit needs more than ever.
There is no Brexit agreement in sight and future trade relations With Europe in the air has become a trade agreement with the US
"The cleaner the Brexit is, the easier it is for the US to conclude a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom "said Leslie Vinjamuri, head of US and American programs at Chatham House Think Tank. 19659008] "This is in the hands of those who are pushing for a hard exit" from the E.U. On his last visit to the UK, Trump did not hold back.
He cursed May over Brexit and warned that their plan could ruin an American trade agreement with the US Britain because Britain would stay too close to the EU
In his interview, Friday Trump again criticized May's dealings with the US Brexit said she had "nothing to lose to the European Union in the negotiations".
"Any foreign intervention in something as sensitive as Brexit is difficult and can put people in a bad political position, and people here will be very nervous about the extent to which they engage," said Vinjamuri.
There are few precedents when it comes to state visits to the President For a US president, this is only the third since the Queen ascended the throne in 1952. Bush was honored in 2003 and Obama in 2011. The Queen hosts only one or two state visits per year.
This journey will take place Contrary to Obama's visit.
Obama and his wife Michelle were hired by the Queen and then glamor couple Prince William and Kate, H Erzogin of Cambridge, who had just married a month earlier, welcomed. The banquet at Buckingham Palace was full of glamor and glamor and included former prime ministers as well as the mayor of London and even actor Tom Hanks.
Prior to Trump's arrival, however, some of the UK's leading politicians said the visit was a mistake and that they would not attend the over-formal Queen's dinner at Buckingham Palace.
Labor Party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend the White Tie event, saying that May "should not get rolling on the red carpet for a state visit in honor of a president ripping important international treaties "It supports the denial of climate change and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric."
However, Corbyn was criticized for inviting members of Hamas and Hezbollah to a conference event in parliament in 2009 and for naming the groups "friends". Both groups are classified by Britain and the US as terrorist groups and have repeatedly demanded the destruction of the state of Israel.
But He is not the only political leader who refuses to meet with the President.
Vince Cable, leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats, also refused a seat at dinner with Trump. And Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, described May's invitation as "badly judged" and urged her to revoke it in 2017 when it was first held. Experts say that the close relationship between the two countries is greater than their leaders.
"The government has made great efforts to tell people that you must distinguish the man from the man, as much as you may reject Trump's office," said former US Ambassador Christopher Meyer.
"This is a state visit, this is an honor for the entire US.