- Criticism from President Donald Trump and a turbulent snap election could mar U.S.-U.K. relations
- Most analysts agree that the relationship may be slightly hurt, but is still intact
- Voters accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of “hand-holding” with Trump
The so-called “special relationship” between the United States and Britain was forged on the beaches of Normandy 73 years ago.
This alliance, nurtured by presidents and prime ministers for decades, has taken a battering since President Donald Trump took office.
Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan after the most recent terror attack in the city and he has previously suggested British intelligence agencies spied on him during his campaign.
Both outbursts drew widespread condemnation throughout the U.K. and beyond, and raised the question: Are U.S.-U.K. ties irreparably damaged?
Most analysts would say the relationship may be a bit bruised but intact.
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“The core of the relationship between the U.S. and U.K. rests on its nuclear, intelligence and special forces cooperation — and is usually protected from the vagaries of politics,” said Tim Oliver of LSE Ideas, the foreign policy think tank of the London School of Economics. “The U.S. and U.K. trust each other in ways we don’t trust anyone else in the world.”
That said, the usually courteous diplomatic relationship between the two nations may be a bit frayed.
After the terror attack on London Bridge and Borough Market, in which at least eight people died and 50 were wounded, Trump took to Twitter to describe Khan as “pathetic.”