After the hand holding, Theresa May took her courtship of President Trump one step further on Valentine’s Day when she said how much she was looking forward to their second date later this year.
Instead of chocolates or a card, the Prime Minister’s gift to Trump was the rejection of a petition signed by 2 million people calling for the offer of a state visit to be withdrawn, because it would be an “embarrassment to the Queen”.
John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, who has come under fire for admitting that he voted Remain to a group of students, has not been clear whether or not he has signed the online petition. He has, however, drawn the ire of his Parliamentary colleagues for using his office to accuse the President of “racism” and “sexism” and saying that the visit should not go ahead.
Many of his colleagues are furious and a motion to have him removed is circulating in the House of Commons, meaning there is the possibility that Speaker Bercow may not last long enough in post to officiate the formal state ceremony.
However, as the White House struggles with its umpteenth crisis in just 25 days, it is becoming unclear whether Trump himself might actually be around long enough to take part in the visit.
The Trump rollercoaster presidency, in its current form, may fail to survive its first contact with the reality of geopolitics after the extent of engagement between campaign aides and Russian intelligence officials emerged, less than 24 hours after National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, was forced to resign because of his own Russian contacts.
As with all good political scandals this will boil down to who knew what and when – with leaked intelligence reports contradicting statements made by the official White House spokesperson and President Trump himself.
This pits the President against his three biggest bogeymen – the security services, CNN and the New York Times – and he has pushed back via his favourite medium, Twitter.
It would be comparing apples to oranges to compare the squalls facing the President with grumbles in the Commons tea room, but if you are looking for an office sweepstake, then one on who will last longest – Bercow or Trump – might not be a bad idea.