UK Prime Minister Theresa May, facing the economic shock if London ever departs the European Union and its single market, needs the salvation — even if it’s illusory — of a US-UK trade deal in the dim future. She also needs to burnish the urn of the “special relationship”, tarnished by Donald Trump’s warm embrace of Nigel Farage last November before he had a fleeting thought about 10 Downing Street.
Trump, after antagonizing and insulting a series of leaders and their countries, was happy for a photo opportunity with someone whose name isn’t Vladimir Putin.
And so the two meet in Washington on Friday. Adam Quinn and I anticipate the outcome: