The communication is emblematic of the US Ireland political lobby and its concern about Brexit, Ireland and US-UK ties.
- A delayed US-UK FTA would be politically damaging to Johnson and Trump, who both want to prioritise trade and deals.
- Trump has said work is under way on the FTA; even so, agreeing a fully fledged FTA will take years.
- Trump may agree an interim set of trade measures with Johnson that both would try to sell as a win.
- Johnson may soon visit Washington to build up UK-US ties.