The ‘special relationship’ between the UK and the US went South a long time ago. It was George Bush Senior, back in 1990, that first reviewed it and decided to downgrade it in favour of one with the European Union, which the US felt was the wave of the future and so had to be got on good terms with (though Bush had been vice President during the intense Reagan-Thatcher years in the 1980’s in which the relationship between the UK and US was very special indeed, which had influenced his outlook a lot and he was an Anglophile who was in no way antagonistic towards the UK. He just felt that the best interests of the US lay in pursuing a good relationship with the EU). The practice of the UK being given any priority or preferential treatment or consideration over other countries was quietly dropped. This policy (of downplaying the special relationship with the UK and seeking the favour of the EU) was continued and extended under the presidency of Democrat Bill Clinton (1992-2000), who made several attempts to garner favour with the EU and was not overly enthusiastic or bothered about nurturing the special relationship with the UK. George W. Bush, a Republican (and son of George Bush Senior), president 2000-2008, was more enthusiastic about the special relationship than Clinton, but still felt that the EU was the primary place where the US’ best interests lay. Consequently, whilst in no way unfriendly towards the UK, he too didn’t particularly emphasise the special relationship, though it must be pointed out again that he was in no way anti-UK. Obama (president 2008-16) a Democrat with African connections, inherited anti-UK feelings from what he believed to be the UK’s colonial actions against his ancestors in Africa. Thus, under his presidency, once again, the special relationship was not at all emphasised. President Trump appears to be a little more positive towards the UK, but the days of the UK-US intense special relationship of the 1980’s are long gone, unfortunately.

 

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