Truss 'maximalist' stances triggering disapproval in Washington: FT
Truss's approval in Washington don't seem promising.
Due to her undiplomatic conversations with her counterparts, Liz Truss, the UK's Foreign Secretary, and prime minister candidate seems to be conjuring a reaction of disapproval from US administration officials. Her 'straightforwardness,' maximalist stance, and "black and white" approach to matters are eliciting such a response, according to The Financial Times newspaper on Monday.
"Truss is going to be a lot more assertive in standing up to the Biden administration than [outgoing Prime Minister] Boris Johnson," said Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in Washington.
Last September, Truss held a meeting with her US counterpart, Antony Blinken, where she cynically questioned the special UK-US relations, saying that she can name only a few tangible examples of when the ties were really 'unique,' according to the report.
She went on to compare relations between the UK and other countries, citing that London had better relations with Canada, Mexico, and Japan, reminding Blinken of the dispute over steel tarriffs between the US and UK, according to the newspaper.
In addition, Truss in April urged allies to jointly develop a Marshall Plan for Ukraine. One senior US official remarked on the matter, saying Truss' suggestion "raised eyebrows" among US officials and it was "very black and white" given the fact that London provided less financial and military support to Ukraine compared to the US.
Last week, British premiership candidate Liz Truss declared that she feels "ready" to launch Trident nuclear weapons, asserting that making a decision was an "important duty of the prime minister."
Truss has been attempting to brand herself as a remake of the 'Iron Lady' - Margaret Thatcher - an ultra-conservative militarist and plutocrat. Last month, images of Truss' tailored suit compared to a famous photo of Margaret Thatcher wearing the exact same suit went viral. Users remarked that Truss' suit was tailored down to the last detail.
Truss has been a staunch advocate for Ukraine, blaming Russia for much of the incompetence at home, including high inflation, high gas prices, and the rising cost of living - which have mostly come from appalling economic policies at home in addition to unilateral sanctions at home.
According to Politico, as of last week, Truss leveraged 26 points ahead of Rishi Sunak, Britain's wealthiest politician who is also running for the premiership.
This wouldn't mark the first time Conservatives push war-mongering rhetoric, attempting to appeal to fascism and aggression.
Recently, Truss and Sunak have been making efforts to gain Zionist voters' blessings with events and letters addressing Britain's embassy relocation.
Despite all, London realizes it can not scapegoat Russia for the rising costs and dire economic situation at home - experts stress that if Truss does not steer her economic policies in a different direction, the Conservative Party is bound to suffer.