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Britain needs Donald Trump's friendship

A model of US President Donald Trump from the Madame Tussaud's waxwork attraction stands outside the new US embassy on January 12, 2018 in London, England.  Credit: Leon Neal 

A lot of nonsense is talked about the UK’s relationship with Donald Trump. It is perfectly possible to dislike, even despair of, some of the things he says, while acknowledging that he is the most powerful man in the world and that Britain needs him as a friend. To make the best of Brexit, we need a US trade deal. To make Nato effective, we need a strong Atlantic alliance. And yet Left-wing British politicians, interested only in pleasing their base, have done their best to discourage a presidential visit – the most notable of whom is Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor of London cheered when Mr Trump pulled out of a visit to the new US embassy, an odd response considering how important America is to the capital and, given the size of the financial services sector, how much a trade deal could help Londoners. Mr Khan should focus on the real needs of his constituents by, say, tackling violent crime: four...

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