The British Prime Minister has begun his first official visit to the United States with a delicate balancing act ahead of him. First stop on the trip was Camp David and a meeting with President George W. Bush. The pair will discuss Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan as well as Darfur and climate change. Brown is eager to distance himself from the label of “America’s poodle” that the British press gave to Tony Blair, whose closeness with the US President was unpopular at home.
But he also wants to preserve the goodwill which exists between the two countries. Both US and British officials have tried to play down the idea that the transatlantic bonds may weaken. And, on the eve of his visit, Brown delivered a ringing endorsement of the friendship, describing it as “Britain’s most important bi-lateral relationship.”