UK-US special relationship unlikely to make Trump reverse Muslim ban, says lecturer Dr Adam Quinn

UK-US 'special relationship unlikely to make Donald Trump change course', says lecturer Dr Adam Quinn

Theresa May and Donald Trump at the meeting last Friday

Monday, January 30, 2017

A prominent lecturer in politics at the University of Birmingham has said it's "unreasonable" to expect Theresa May to be able to reverse Donald Trump's incendiary migrant travel ban.

The Prime Minister met Mr Trump in Washington last Friday. Since she returned to Britain, the US President's executive order imposing a travel ban upon refugees from Syria and seven other Muslim-majority countries has come into force.

The ban has seen widespread protest erupt across the States and now the Prime Minister is facing calls to condemn the ban from all directions in Parliament. 

However Dr. Adam Quinn, senior lecturer in International Politics at the University of Birmingham, said suggestions that the Prime Minister could influence the President's decisions were "unreasonable" in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

He said: “I think Britain is a good friend of the US. When it speaks, they get listened to.

"Mrs. May had to prioritise making a show of the special relationship, as a prominent friend of Donald Trump, in exchange for going quiet on a variety of things he's said and done which she and the world don't approve of.

"I don't think she [Theresa May] was expecting the tension between those priorities to become as acute quite so quickly. But this is driven by deeper forces in US politics and Donald Trump’s unlikely to change course.

"It is unreasonable to suggest we have control of what Donald Trump does, we can only respond and react to it."