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Trump threw NATO into chaos. The U.S.-British 'special relationship' is next.

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12.07.2018

The British government is in turmoil. Brexit plans are in disarray. The “Brexit minister” has resigned, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson followed him out the door. Prime Minister Theresa May hangs on by a rapidly fraying thread. And a British woman has just died after being exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, the victim of a chemical weapon attack on British soil.

Into these rough political waters enters President Trump.

The American president arrived here in Britain on Thursday, after several false starts and rescheduling debacles doomed previous efforts. He will be greeted by a weakened government, protesters clogging the streets of major cities and a giant “Trump baby” balloon flying overhead in London. A whopping 67 percent of Britons believe he is a “poor or terrible president.”

But the fanfare and sideshows should not obscure what is truly at stake in this visit: the continuation of the “special relationship,” the transatlantic alliance between Britain and the United States that is a linchpin of NATO, international security more generally, and American interests. Trump is putting that relationship at risk by bullying Britain and treating the closest and most important U.S. ally as an adversary........

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