British officials see ‘clear benefits’ in ‘Brexit-loathing’ Biden becoming US President

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Joe Biden becoming US President later this year over Donald Trump has “benefits” an expert has claimed. This emerged as Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein claimed in a damning investigation that Mr Trump held “abusive” conversations on the phone with foreign leaders and allies and often ignored his advisers. Henry Zeffman, the Washington Correspondent at The Times, spoke to Times Radio about why a Biden presidency was being considered “beneficial” for the UK.

He said: “We should remember, it’s not personal. Trump is like this with pretty much every world leader, as far as we can see.

“That’s one reason why some British officials are keen or see benefits in the possibility of a Biden presidency.

“Joe Biden, and lots of his officials and allies, loathe Brexit.

“They think it’s a disaster for Britain, the US and the world.”

Mr Zeffman continued: “Biden himself, the night that Boris Johnson destroyed the Red Wall and won his 80-seat majority, described Boris Johnson as a ‘physical and emotional clone’ of President Trump.

“So we have an idea of what he thinks of him.

“But, if you take Brexit and the prospect of a trade deal out of it, there are clear benefits for the UK in having a US administration which is just predictable.

“One that has certain foreign policies and kind of pursues them over two or three years.”

The Washington Correspondent added: “Trump is capricious above all else, and, as John Bolton said in his book, it’s not so much that he has a clear set of views which Bolton thought was bad.

“It was that he would change his mind from one day to the next, from one meeting to the next even.

“So there is a possibility, if Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump in November, that you might pretty quickly be back to a much more normal special relationship between the UK and the US.”

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Mr Zeffman also noted that Biden had endorsed the use of the word ‘special’, which was good news for Britons who are often concerned it’s a “lopsided romance”.

There has been no official response from the White House yet concerning the Bernstein allegations.

However, Deputy Press Chief Sarah Matthews has said: “President Trump is a world class negotiator who has consistently furthered America’s interests on the world stage.

“From negotiating the phase one China deal and the USMCA to NATO allies contributing more and defeating ISIS.

“President Trump has shown his ability to advance America’s strategic interests.”

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