WE’RE rolling out the red carpet for President Donald Trump — and we’re absolutely right to.
The US is, without question, the UK’s closest ally.
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We have centuries of shared history. Our economies are reliant on each other. And this week we will remember our greatest hour — the D-Day invasion.
So when the President turns up? That’s a reason for celebration.
Some, of course, do not see it that way.
The usual suspects are lining up to get their five minutes in front of a TV camera to take potshots at the President, virtue-signalling because they didn’t like his last tweet.
There’s Jeremy Corbyn, who counts Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” but can’t quite bring himself to turn up at a state banquet alongside the Queen and the most powerful man in the world.
John Bercow, a political pygmy whose professional achievements could be detailed on a post-it note.
And Vince Cable, not so much a has-been as a never-was, whose sole contribution in Government was to complain vigorously in public about policies he’d signed off in private.
It’s said people should be judged by their friends. In the President’s case, he should be judged by his enemies — and he’s certainly annoying the right people.
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Since he took office, the US economy has been supercharged, with manufacturing jobs appearing in towns that had long since given up hope of a revival.
His constant drive for ever-lower taxes has given businesses worldwide a reason to invest in the States.
And his foreign policy, which establishment commentators around the globe have lined up to attack, is far more sophisticated than anybody gives it credit for.
Who else could get Kim Jong-un round the table than the ultimate dealmaker?
Who else could force Iran into a corner they can simply not get out of?
He’s not perfect. As free traders, we don’t always agree with his trade policies. He could be a little more measured in what he says, too.
But he’s the President. He’s likely to be re-elected. And he leads the country which we have more in common with than any other, from our language to our shared history on the battlefield, from Flanders to Helmand Province.
He’s a welcome guest of the United Kingdom.
STRAP yourself in for the best day of sport in a long time.
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Oh, and that little game in Madrid.
Enjoy. We certainly will.
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