Friday, 4 November 2016

Donald Trump's foreign advisers in constructive discussions with British diplomats

Donald Trump's foreign advisers say they have held constructive discussions with British diplomats as the government prepares for a Republican victory in next week's US presidential election.
According to THE TIMES newspaper, one of Mr Trump's foreign adviser- George Papadopoulos, a London based lawyer told 'The Times 'that he had "very productive talks with representatives of the Foreign Office".

Sir Kim Darroch, Britain's ambassador to the US, has metings scheduled with senior members of Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton's teams said there had been a "period of complacency" when it appeard nearly certain that the Democratic candidate would win last month, but the race has been electrified by the FBI's disclosure that it was examining 650,000emails on a laptop used by Mrs Clinton's aide.

 However the UK Government sources denied that there had been a reassessment of Britain's approach. "We have sought to engage both sides ever since there were only two candidates left in the race".
British diplomats say fostering relations with Mr Trump has been made easier by the departure of former Prime Minister, David Cameron who said that Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the US was "divisive, stupid and wrong".

 A UK official observed that the replacement of David Cameron by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May who has avoided any comment on either candidate was "not unhelpful" in smothing relations with Mr Trump.

Sir Kim's most pressing task is said to be identifying who is likely to take key roles in a Trump administration. The two most important positions from the UK perspective are who would be his national security adviser and the person that he would make responsible for policy on Europe.

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