Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Race to Become Closest Foreign Ally; Analysis

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Race to Become Closest Foreign Ally; Analysis

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

TUESDAY night saw a milestone in the British government's race to get close to the world's most powerful man.

It was at the most exclusive of Donald Trump's pre-inauguration events, a black tie dinner where 200 foreign diplomats were among guests permitted to meet the new president and his team.

In the melee, the UK's ambassador Sir Kim Darroch finally had his first face-to-face chat with the man who was elected in November, bagging that allimportant handshake just two days before the swearing-in ceremony.

Ever the professional, Sir Kim did not leave without grabbing chats with Mike Pence, the VP and several cabinet nominees. The diplomatic service has been playing catch-up since Nigel Farage cheekily outflanked it by jetting over to Trump Tower to bask as the President-elect's preferred choice of ambassador. In the nick of time, the vital relationships are getting into place. In mid-December, the PM's two closest aides Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy travelled secretly to New York and Washington to meet members of Mr Trump's incoming team. …

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