by James Frayne
"Maybe Trump will surprise us and rise to the role he’s been chosen for. His early Cabinet picks give reasons for hope. But it seems very possible that Trump will continue to say and do things that undermine the moral standing of the US and make America’s leadership role much more difficult. In turn, it is possible that many respected figures in American public life, and many in the wider administration, will begin to cast doubt publicly on his fitness for office. This will affect domestic public opinion, regardless of many Americans’ disregard for the opinions of elites and voters elsewhere.
In short, relations with Trump are fraught with risk. Not only will a close personal relationship potentially undermine May and Britain’s position in the wider world but it might not even be beneficial for our future relations with the US."