US Republicans' message to Cameron carried no regard and no respect

By John Mercury February 15, 2024

“David Cameron can kiss my ass!”

The response of Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene to the UK foreign secretary’s remarks carried no regard and no respect.

She is about as far to the Republican right as it gets, but the withering rebuke finds an echo across the party.

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“MTG” is against directing further funding towards Ukraine and so, increasingly, is her party.

There was nothing to suggest that was going to change as America woke up to Lord Cameron’s quotes.

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 6: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on a resolution "stating that President Donald Trump did not engage in insurrection," on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
Marjorie Taylor Greene. Pic: AP

David Cameron meets with Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati  
Pic: Reuters
David Cameron said Ukraine aid package is “personal” for him. Pic: Reuters

Writing for the US website The Hill, Lord Cameron has said the $61bn (£49bn) funding package for Ukraine “matters greatly to UK and European security”.

“This is personal for me. My grandfather stormed the beaches of Normandy under covering fire from US warships,” he wrote.

“And as prime minister, I ordered the UK military to join the US in driving the Islamic State death cult out of Syria and Iraq.”

Stalling is a political and personal matter

Mike Johnson, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, told colleagues there would be no rush to rubber stamp the package of Ukraine funding.

It’s the next step and it remains stalled.

Mr Johnson’s difficulty with it is political and personal.

Should he move to push it through, he challenges the wishes of Donald Trump and the resistance the former president has shaped within the party.

House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson. File pic
Mike Johnson risks losing a job if he pushes through aid package. Pic: Reuters

It could cost Mr Johnson his job.

And that is where a special request invoked under a special relationship gets lost in translation.

For all a UK foreign secretary cautions Republican lawmakers about the priorities of a watching world, their world is smaller, and their world view narrowed towards priorities closer to home.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have refused to comment on Ms Taylor Greene’s remarks.


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