How the UK’s special relationship with the US was replaced by Macron’s ‘relation spéciale’

On Monday night Emmanuel Macron will sit down to a sumptuous dinner at the Mount Vernon estate, the private home of George Washington, the first president of the United States.

His host, the current incumbent Donald Trump, will be in full flattery mode, showering praise on his "best friend Emmanuel". 

The following day Mr Macron will have the rare honour of addressing a joint session of Congress. It is the first state visit of the Trump era.

Meanwhile, somewhere in the White House, an invitation for Mr Trump to make his own state visit to the UK has been gathering dust for 15 months.

Reports on Saturday said a summer visit was likely after his slated January trip was scotched, but there has been…

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