Theresa May

Capitol Ink | A Special Relationship

For Diplomat In Chief Trump, It’s All Personal
Trump signals global relations will be driven by feelings about leaders

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May participate in a joint press conference at the East Room of the White House on Friday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS | For Donald Trump, it’s all personal. But British Prime Minister Theresa May showed him that might not be enough.

During his first joint press conference with a foreign leader, it became clear that American foreign policy will be, in part, driven by how the former real estate mogul and businessman feels about his counterparts.

Mummy Wars, Brexit Edition
Theresa May to Move into 10 Downing after 'Mum-gate'

Andrea Leadsom, right, of the British Conservative Party suggested that she was better suited to lead the government than Theresa May, left, by virture of her experience as a mother. (Photo credit: Left, Carl Court/Getty Images; Right, Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

The incoming British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who will become the UK’s second female head of government on Wednesday, had no competition for the job after her rival, fellow conservative Andrea Leadsom, made the mistake of suggesting that she was better suited to lead the government by virtue of her experience as a mom.

The mythological furies, goddesses of vengeance, had nothing on those tweeting Brits who tore into Leadsom after she told the Times of London that while May “possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people,” she herself had a bona fide biological stake in the future: “I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next.’’