USA/EU Files: New “America First” era begins with Mexican president scrapping trip to Washington after Trump reiterates demand Mexico City pay for US$12-15 billion border wall, Pres. Trump declares: “Unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless . . .”; Mexican CFR warns Ottawa ahead of NAFTA rejig: “[Trump] will find some excuse to turn on Canada”; meanwhile, Trump hosts British PM at retreat for Republican lawmakers in Philadelphia on Jan. 26, White House on Jan. 27; Theresa May to GOP: “[A]s you renew your nation just as we renew ours we have the opportunity . . . to renew the special [UK-USA] relationship for this new age”; May leading Britain out of EU, preparing parliamentary vote to invoke Art. 50 of Lisbon Treaty, instigate formal exit talks with Brussels; top Democrats incensed UK leader avoided their party, cry “breach of protocol”; ex-UKIP chief, Brexit backer, Trump pal Nigel Farage signs on with Fox News; France’s National Front chief staring at possible victory in May presidential bid as main right-wing rival sinks under personal scandal, allegedly funnelled US$645,000 in public funds into non-existent job for wife
January 26, 2017
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The burgeoning ideological friendship between Trump and May hearkens back to Reagan and Thatcher. This should come as no surprise since Trump’s admiration for Reagan is well known.