Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II laughs with US President Donald Trump during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the U.S. president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the U.K. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images).

President Donald Trump made a state visit to the United Kingdom from June 3-5, which included a ceremonial welcome by the Queen and other members of the royal family, and a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Nile Gardiner directs Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and is our Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow. He says the trip was an opportunity for Trump to “advance the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship and the transatlantic alliance as a whole, strengthen U.S. leadership in Europe, reaffirm powerful U.S. backing for Brexit, and underscore that a U.S.-U.K. free-trade deal will be a top priority for the U.S. administration in the Brexit era.”

Gardiner attended the state visit, where he gave numerous media interviews.

Nile Gardiner: U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship “Most Powerful Partnership on the World Stage”

Nile Gardiner: “Pres. Trump Is the Biggest Single Supporter of Brexit on the World Stage Today”

Ted. R. Bromund, senior research fellow in Anglo-American Relations in the Thatcher Center, also shared his assessments with the press:

Ted Bromund on Brexit: U.S. Should Have New U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement Ready to Go

Ted Bromund: Trump Has “Hit the Perfect Notes” During U.K. Visit, Strong on Policy

What is the state of the “Special Relationship” in 2019, as the U.K. deals with Brexit?

Comments (6)

Jim Christison - June 7, 2019

I think our relationship with the U.K. is better than ever. When was the last time the Queen asked one of our Presidents that she hoped he would return soon? Brexit is their business. I think Nigel Farage will take care of that problem.

Ann Peipers - June 7, 2019

Donald and The Queen are perfect together. How Respectful and Reciprocal is this mutual respect!!

Jean-Jacques Vitrac - June 7, 2019

The US has a chance to play a major role in the future as Britain’s major economic partner, in a bilateral relationship.
That was not the case before Brexit because of the coercive role of the EU on its member nations.

Chris Milord - June 8, 2019

It appears as if our special relationship with the UK is sound overall despite a few differences in foreign policy tactics. It is important to maintain this friendship, especially in light of an increasingly intrusive set of EU mandates such as open borders, arms restrictions, and attacks on free speech. England should not back down from coercive EU dictates, but should follow through on separation from a distant bureaucracy to determine its own destiny. The UK cannot rely on the EU for liberty, prosperity, or national security. It must forge its own way forward or else it could lose its culture, identity and traditions. The UK can work with an array of regional and global organizations, but those entities must not dictate Britain’s behavior. Let us hope that Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson have a strong voice in the formation of the post Theresa May government. The USA should support England in the spheres of economics and security as it charts its future course.

Peggy Christensen - June 9, 2019

I was very proud of President Trump in his visit to the UK. He was at his best in his speech at the American Cemetery in Normandy and seeing our courageous veterans was a wonderful gift, especially Tom Rich’s jump. Those who participated in the Normandy invasion (both alive & passed) were a true vision of patriotism, bravery & courage. God bless them all. I would give anything to visit the American cemeteries in Europe.

Kathryn Bretz - June 10, 2019

I believe President Trump was just great with the Queen which shows he can be a gentleman. The Queen seemed to enjoy his company. Hopefully the visit will bring about a good and lucrative relationship with Great Britain!

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