Trump has pledged to come to the UK and save Brexit – He's probably got the wrong end of the stick about the President's Club
There has been endless talk of building bridges over troubled water this week from the 'Boris Bridge' over the English Channel to the DUP's proposal of an even larger bridge joining Northern Ireland to Scotland.
But all other bridges pale into insignificance in the face of the one built between Donald Trump and Theresa May at Davos – the World Economic Forum. Not only is the American President's visit to the UK back on – prepare the banners – but he has also pledged to save Brexit with “tremendous trade”.
So what actually went on? Well it all took place in what amounted to a 15 minute meeting between the two leaders - Trump ever the fast worker. The President began by declaring his love for the Prime Minister. He said the US would always be there for Britain. “We love your country” and we “like each other a lot”.
This all appeared to indicate the special relationship between the two countries - which had been all but squandered due to tensions over those Britain First retweets - was back on. Trump went so far as to declare it was a “false rumour” there was tension in the US-UK relationship. “We're on the same wavelength in, I think, every respect”, he said. There was nothing that would happen where the US would not be there for Britain.
This was no bog standard bridge building – it was a veritable Bridge of Sighs. Trump would be getting the engagement ring out next – and in a manner of speaking he did. “Brexit,” he boomed, and Mrs May, unable to get a word in for the last 12 minutes, instantly perked up. This was what she had been waiting for. As we know she has been extremely keen – desperate – to dig herself out of the Brexit trade hole, of her own making, by securing a trade deal with the US.
Trump announced that trade between the US and the UK was going to increase “many times”. “The discussions that will be taking place are going to lead to tremendous increase in trade between our countries, which is great for both in terms of jobs,” he said.
“Tremendous trade,” Mrs May chuckled to herself, before realising the timer was counting down to the end of the meeting. “Come and see me”, the words tumbled out of her mouth. “Sure” declared Trump, your people can talk to my people and we’ll sort something out – a working visit for the summer.
Trump walks off trying to conceal a creeping grin. He'd heard about the President's Club – girls, girls, girls laid on just for him - in good old blighty. And with a little bit of sweet talk he'd managed to secure his lifetime's membership.
While former Prime Minister David Cameron was accidentally caught on camera at Davos actually giving an opinion on Brexit – the first he has given since abandoning us neck deep in it. He called the Leave vote “a mistake not a disaster” adding: “It's turned out less badly than we thought.” Debatable.