Obama and his aides ‘thought the special relationship with Britain was a joke’ – and diplomats would slip Falklands references into press conferences to mock UK Jeremy Shapiro claimed Donald Trump would try to exploit Britain’s love of the special relationship



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BARACK Obama’s team thought the special relationship between Britain and the US was a joke, one of the ex-President’s top aides said last night.
Jeremy Shapiro also claimed that diplomats used to slip references to the “Malvinas” – what Argentina calls the Falklands – into speeches to take the mickey out of the UK.
But he insisted that Donald Trump would not be any kinder to Britain – saying the new President is “playing” with Theresa May to get a better trade deal.
Mr Shapiro, a foreign policy expert who advised Mr Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry, said the special relationship was much more important to Britain than to the US, the Daily Mail reported.
He told a crowd at the Cheltenham Literature Festival: “From my perspective it was very important for us to mention the special relationship in every press conference that we had when the UK were here.
“But really we laughed about it behind the scenes. Typically, I would try and slip in a reference to the Malvinas or something to spoil it.”
“Malvinas” is the word used by Argentinian politicians to refer to the Falklands, particularly when they are trying to claim that the islands belong to Argentina.
Mr Shapiro said Britain and the US had a “close relationship”, but added: “It was the kind of relationship we would have with other countries.”
And he said Mr Trump was “willing to exploit” Britain to get the upper hand in a future trade deal.
When he was President, Mr Obama would often refer to the special relationship in speeches and press conferences.
He also had a close friendship with the Queen and David Cameron – but he was often accused of snubbing Britain with symbolic moves.
Mr Obama removed a bust of Winston Churchill from his White House office after he became President.
And towards the end of his term, he called Angela Merkel his “closest international partner”.
Mrs May is keen to cut a trade deal with Mr Trump, and was the first world leader to visit him in the White House after he took power in January.




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