Theresa May meets Donald Trump

 The new relationship comes with both countries redefining their roles in the world as due to be cemented with a State visit to UK for President Trump in the summer.


by Victor Cherubim    

( January 26, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) With all the media hype and the Women’s Protest March around the world at the new US President’s inauguration, it is a bold woman to accept an invitation to meet a man face to face without any qualms, on Friday, January 27, 2017, just one week after his taking office, as the most powerfully “proclaimed” macho man in the world.

Either Theresa May is fearless, or that Donald Trump respects the country of his mother’s birth, Scotland, more than he admires the status of women, or both? There appears to be a particular chemistry which has made this meeting possible or is this perhaps the way business deals are negotiated, adept and privy to both leaders?

There is a need for dialogue 

The old order in the world has changed beyond recognition. Diplomacy and common courtesies had run their course. A Black President is always watching his back, not so with a Native. The swamp according to President Trump had to be cleaned, “Brexit is Brexit, nothing more, nothing less” according to Theresa May. Something had to happen and someone had to make it happen.

History of Globalisation

After the World Wars I & II, a new period of history characterised by a dramatic change in world political thought and balance of power was created. This was seen as the period of opportunity to implement idealistic proposals for global governance to contain and address worldwide problems that go beyond the capacity of individual nation states to solve, while respecting the right of nations to self determination.

These proposals led to the formation of international organisations such a UN in 1945, NATO in 1949, international regimes such as the Bretton Woods system (1944 -1971) and among others GATT (1949-1994).

New Concepts, New Conditions 

The outworn elements of the old had to give way to the new. “America First” seems to have given way to “Globalisation.” Britain always the “engine of innovation” sees a new path ahead, which she has pondered for a while. There is clearly a great need for more efficient organisation of the world. Both these countries now believe that bi-national deals are better than multinational agreements?

Fighting poverty, job loss, missed opportunity for the masses of native people at home requires attentive consideration more than the complex phenomenon of globalisation.

Interpretation of what it means, what forms this new order might take in the world begins first at home. Britain First, EU next?

Creative Oomph

President Trump will meet Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May before any other foreign leaders in the White House.

One of his first acts as President was to reinstall a bust of Sir Winston Churchill in his Oval office reversing Pres. Obama’s decision to remove the artwork.

Theresa May on her part will be very frank with the President about areas of policy difference. For those who are not in the know, “this is Poker”. But a Whitehall source has said Mrs. May hoped to use the prospect of a trade deal with United States to strengthen her hand at the “Brexit” negotiating table. At the same time she is expected to stress the importance of the EU after what was reported “that President Trump seemed unperturbed that the bloc may disintegrate in the future. Does any businessman show his hand? Does any six years’ trained British Home Secretary play her trump card?

President Trump on his part, it is stated wants a US/UK Working Group to identify barriers to trade and scope out a future trade deal. “He also further wants a Joint Statement on defence and was expected to demand EU continue spend 2% of GDP on defence and promise collaboration in tackling ISIL”

The New Relationship between UK and US

The new relationship comes with both countries redefining their roles in the world as due to be cemented with a State visit to UK for President Trump in the summer.

It all reminds us of the deal done between President Reagan and Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher which President Trump wishes to extend and Theresa May can reciprocate.

Today we are told it is called “The Passporting Deal” which would allow Britain and American firms to set up and trade in each other’s countries with minimum regulatory hurdles. This is in some way similar to the financial services Britain currently enjoys with the EU. It is the hope that this deal will be agreed within 90 days once Britain leaves the EU.

How does this meeting help Sri Lanka? 

We Sri Lankans know the games the Big Powers play? Britain is keeping all options open prior to Brexit talks with the EU in February. It is keeping its cards close to its chest. America too wants to woo Britain for its own ends,Whichever way the cookie crumbles, Sri Lanka is covered, as we have established a working relationship with both countries which will stand us in good stead.

Whichever way the cookie crumbles, Sri Lanka is covered, as we have established a working relationship with both countries which will stand us in good stead.

We need to do a business deal with the US, for our President Sirisena to visit US within a year to be the go-between US and China?

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