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Romney - Political Relations with UK

Romney - Political Relations with UK

Mitt Romney has publicly acknowledged a "special relationship" between the United Kingdom and the United States and recently traveled to the U.K. to meet British political leaders.

 

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It is extremely rare for Sir John Sawers, the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, to share details about British intelligence with a politician who is not a head of state.

The unusual briefing prompted speculation that it was an attempt by the UK to win Mr Romney’s backing for a more interventionist role in Syria if he wins November’s election.

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Romney gave three foreign policy speeches, including one to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nev., the day he left. But he arrived in London, where he spent three full days, with no particular message.

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Source: The Washington Post

Romney then met with Ed Miliband, the current leader of the Labour Party. Before that session, Miliband invited two reporters from what he called "my side" to ask questions, although Romney declined to take questions from American journalists. Romney again cited the "special relationship" between the two countries and praised Britain for its military commitment in Afghanistan.

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Source: CBS Interactive Inc

With the Olympics Games as a backdrop, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met Thursday with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, beginning a day of meetings with Britain's most powerful people. The likely GOP nominee sought to send a message that he recognizes the close bonds between the U.S. and its top ally — and to project an image of leadership.

Article: Mitt Romney meets U.K. le...
Source: CBS Interactive Inc

As Mitt Romney landed Wednesday morning in London to launch a three-country overseas trip, an anonymous quote in a British newspaper caused a kerfuffle on both sides of the pond.

The Telegraph quoted an unnamed Romney advisor as saying that President Obama’s White House did not sufficiently appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon” heritage of the United States and Britain.

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As Mitt Romney landed Wednesday morning in London to launch a three-country overseas trip, an anonymous quote in a British newspaper caused a kerfuffle on both sides of the pond.

The Telegraph quoted an unnamed Romney advisor as saying that President Obama’s White House did not sufficiently appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon” heritage of the United States and Britain.

Article: Romney campaign in hot wa...
Source: Los Angeles Times

Still, it's hard not to see this incident as a reminder of the potential pitfalls of a worldview that sees thoughtful diplomacy as "apologizing" and emphasizes American dominance through American strength. Romney, who has reacted to the spate not by doubling down on his criticism but by backing off and offering some polite flattery to his offended host nation, seems to realize this himself.

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He reasserted after his meeting in Number 10, as the Brits call it, his view that the U.K. and U.S. enjoy a “special relationship,” a trans-Atlantic friendship that has seemed frayed to some during the Obama years. But he refused to say anything of substance on policy.

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Source: POLITICO LLC

And most Londoners showed next to no interest in the journey of a man who may be the U.S. president in January.

When Romney strode into the Grosvenor Square offices of former Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday morning, John Jakeways and his wife, both lawyers here, happened to be walking by on their daily constitutional.

“None at all,” said Jakeways’s wife, who declined to share her name, when asked if she had heard any buzz about Romney’s visit.

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Source: POLITICO LLC
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