Donald Trump’s arrival in London on Monday is prompting fierce debate around the timing and purpose of this state visit.
The UK has granted the US president two such state visits in two years.
Supporters argue Trump’s presence bolsters the ‘special relationship’ between both nations, long-standing historical allies.
With Brexit threatening to overturn the UK’s complex trade system with Europe—its biggest trading partner—many hope this visit will consolidate negotiations for a post-Brexit transatlantic trade agreement.
But British prime minister Theresa May will officially resign this Friday, meaning Trump’s political counterpart is a lame duck and substantive policy-making may prove difficult.
How productive can this visit be?
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