British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government launched a charm offensive in Washington this week in a bid to secure a trade deal with the U.S. quickly after the U.K. leaves European Union. With less than three months until the U.K. is set to leave the European Union, British cabinet ministers met with members of the Trump administration to lay the groundwork for a deal to mitigate the hit to British trade expected following Brexit.... … [Read more...] about U.K. Steps Up Efforts for a Trade Deal With U.S.
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WASHINGTON—The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Russia for using a banned chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former double agent on British soil last year. The State and Treasury Departments announced the new punitive actions after President Trump late Thursday night issued an order that gave them new powers to sanction countries that violate international chemical and biological weapons treaties, including authority to ban U.S.-based banks from lending to those nations.... … [Read more...] about U.S. Levies New Sanctions Against Russia for U.K. Spy Poisoning
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is set to impose new sanctions on Russia for using a banned chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former double agent on British soil last year, a senior administration official said Friday. President Trump late Thursday night issued an order that gave the U.S. Treasury and State Department new powers to sanction countries that violate international chemical and biological weapons treaties, including authority to ban U.S.-based banks from lending to those nations.... … [Read more...] about U.S. to Levy New Sanctions Against Russia for U.K. Spy Poisoning
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft stands during her swearing in ceremony in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds in Washington. The Senate has confirmed Craft to become the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Alex Brandon By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Published: 7/31/2019 7:19:38 PM Modified: 7/31/2019 7:19:28 PM The Senate has confirmed Kelly Craft to become the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations despite Democratic concerns about her inexperience and potential conflicts of interest.Craft, a longtime GOP activist from Kentucky, is currently U.S. ambassador to Canada. She was confirmed 56-34, ending a more than seven-month vacancy in the key diplomatic position.She and her husband, Joe Craft, have donated millions of dollars to Republican political candidates, and she will be first major political donor to occupy the … [Read more...] about Senate confirms Kelly Craft as U.S. ambassador to U.N.
The relationship between the United States and United Kingdom hasn’t seemed so “special” in recent years. In fact, that characterization of the bond between London and Washington waned in 2016, when then-candidate Donald Trump referred to himself as “Mr. Brexit” even though previous Prime Minister David Cameron campaigned to remain in the European Union. Once elected, President Donald Trump didn’t mesh well with Cameron’s successor, Theresa May, a “remainer” who dutifully declared “Brexit means Brexit” once her Conservative Party chose her as prime minister. But May’s Brexit plan repeatedly stalled in Parliament, leading her to resign. The special relationship was rocked further by leaked classified cables from Kim Darroch, Britain’s ambassador to the United States, who characterized the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept.” After being targeted by Trump on Twitter (where else?), Darroch … [Read more...] about The not-so-special U.S.-U.K. relationship