As Donald Trump hosts British Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington on Friday, the University of Birmingham’s Adam Quinn questions the reality of a US-UK “special relationship”, in conversations with BBC outlets.

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There’s every interest on both sides in selling this story right now. Donald Trump has managed to upset a lot of people all around the world. It would be good for him to stand next to the leader of a powerful-ish country and say, “This is someone who supports me.”

Theresa May, with the big decision to leave the European Union, would like to stand next to someone who says, “That’s a great idea and we might be interested in trade deals.”