The British and Americans have been historic partners, they have shared values, and those values will endure for the next 75 years and beyond. That is why she was so pleased to welcome President Trump to the UK. Theresa May said this during a joint Press Conference the two leaders gave in London, where the US President is holding a state visit.
May said that for the last two years she and Trump have been the guardians of this friendship. She said the alliance between the UK and the US is just as strong as it was 75 years ago.
Cooperation had deepened on security, she said. May added that their economies too are more tightly bound together. Some 1 million Americans work for British companies, and 1 million Britons work for American companies, she said.
During the talks, according to the Press Association, Trump said the US was already the UK’s largest trading partner and that he believed there was scope for further expansion.
May also said that she and Trump agreed they wanted an ambitious trade agreement after Brexit, and from their talks today she knows they are still committed to this.
May also reminded the audience who they have worked together, particularly when the US expelled Russian diplomats after the Salisbury attack and in responding to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Meanwhile The Telegraph reports that Boris Johnson has turned down a one-to-one meeting with Donald Trump just days after the US president appeared to endorse him as Theresa May’s successor.
There were rumours the pair were going to hold private one-to-one talks today in London, but instead it is understood they had a “friendly and productive” 20-minute phone call.
The reason the former Foreign Secretary turned down the private meeting is said to be because it would have clashed with One Nation leadership hustings.
Donald Trump seemed to throw his support behind the former Mayor of London as Britain’s next Prime Minister, saying before the trip: “I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led an anti-Trump rally, telling the US president to “think on, please, about a world that is one of peace and disarmament, that respects the values of all people”.
He was accused of bringing “shame” on his party by trying to hijack the US president’s state visit after he promised to “stand in solidarity” with anti-Trump protesters after boycotting Monday night’s formal banquet.
From his end the US president described Mr Corbyn as a “somewhat negative force”, as he revealed that he had decided not to meet the Labour leader on his trip to London.
The US president described Mr Corbyn as a “somewhat negative force”, as he revealed that he had decided not to meet the Labour leader on his trip to London.
Speaking during a press conference with Theresa May, Mr Trump said: “I don’t know Jeremy Corbyn. Never met him, never spoke to him.
“I think that he is from where I come from, somewhat of a neg force. I think that people should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticise.”
Via The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent