On Tuesday, Donald Trump pulled off a stunning upset. The President Elect defied the polls—and dozens of critics within his own party—to win a likely 306 electoral votes. Hillary Clinton is on course to win 232.
During the course of his campaign, Trump made a series of highly controversial claims, declaring that there should be a ban on Muslims entering the United States—and that a wall should be built across the entire Southern border. Whether he will deliver on these promises remains to be seen.
But while coverage of Trump has been negative, that does not necessarily mean his presidency is bad news for Britain. Indeed, when Barack Obama said that Britain would be “at the back of the queue” if it left the European Union, Trump spoke out against the president’s comment. In a phone call yesterday, Trump told Theresa May the UK is a “very, very special place.” The “special relationship” may be in for a boost.
Others argue Trump is unfit for office—and that Britain, or even the west as a whole, is about to face the consequences. A panel of experts battle it out below.
The best of both worlds
Christopher Caldwell is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard in Washington, DC
Whether or not it is good for America, Donald Trump’s election is very good for Britain. If you want to understand what Trump thinks on most issues, ask what the US consensus was in the middle of the Kennedy administration. Trump considers Britain America’s constitutional parent and closest ally. Period. No pivots, no variable geometries, no coalitions of the willing.
No “back of the queue,” either. Britain gets closer relations with the world’s top military, diplomatic and economic power—along with a mighty bargaining chip in post-Brexit Single Market negotiations with the European Union.
The Iraq War debacle shows that closer transatlantic relations can come at a steep price. But in the battle for the Republican Party’s nomination, Trump stood against 16 other candidates in calling George W Bush’s war a “disaster.” To Britons who fear a repeat, he would seem to offer the best of both worlds.
Let’s work with Europe
Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute
Trump’s election should remind the UK and the EU just how much they…