Theresa May praised Trump and Thatcher for freeing Eastern Europe
In a bid to rekindle the “special relationship” between Britain and the US – largely shaped by the Thatcher-Reagan relationship – the Prime Minister evoked the spirit of Churchill in a rousing speech to senior Republicans in Philadelphia.
Mrs May said: “Years ago in 1946, Churchill proposed a new phase in this relationship. to win a cold war that many had not even realised had started.
“He described how an Iron Curtain had fallen from the Baltic to the Adriatic, covering all the ancient states of central and eastern Europe; Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, vienna, Budapest, Sofia and Budapest.
“Today those great cities, homes of great culture and heritage live in freedom and peace. And they do so because of the leadership of Britain and America, and of Mrs Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan.”
Mrs May will become the first national leader to hold face-to-face talks with President Trump since his inauguration last week.
History of a special relationship: Presidents and Prime Ministers together
Wed, January 25, 2017
Ahead of the meeting between Theresa May and Donald Trump, a look back at the close ties between the U.S. and Britain.
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Margaret Thatcher shares a joke with Ronald Reagan, at No. 10 Downing Street
Asked during her flight how she expected to get on with the 70-year-old, she said: “Haven’t you ever noticed that sometimes opposites attract?”
British and US officials have stressed how important relationship the two powerful countries share is in weeks following Trump’s stunning election victory.
Downing Street officials said the Government was building strong links with the new White House administration.
The Number 10 source said: “The level of engagement between us and the Trump administration has been much mores extensive than with any other country.”
Thatcher and Reagan were seen as a political power couple who understood each other's perspectives
Although Mrs May received three standing ovations from her Republican audience, back in England, the failed Labour Leader Ed Miliband was quick to condemn her for cosying up to Trump.
Speaking on Newsnight, Miliband said Mrs May had made a huge "mistake" in aligning herself with Trump's vision and announced he preferred Angela Merkel.