Monday 23 January 2017

Theresa May to Meet Trump On Friday

Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Friday, the White House has said.

Theresa May will be the first foreign leader to meet the new president after his inauguration.

A post-Brexit free trade deal is thought likely to be high on her agenda as she travels to the US for talks.

Confirmation of the meeting came as hundreds of thousands of people around the world joined women's marches to protest Trump’s presidency.

Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer gave details of Theresa May’s visit in his first briefing to journalists at the White House on Saturday.

Earlier, while visiting the CIA’s headquarters, President Trump said the PM “is coming over to our country very shortly”.

Nato, the European Union, defence and Russia are all likely to be discussed in the meeting.

The BBC’s political correspondent Iain Watson said the “symbolism will be very important” and with Brexit negotiations about to get under way, the fact Theresa May will be meeting the new president so soon will be “politically significant”.

Our correspondent said there had been a lot of effort to make sure Theresa May was one of the first leaders President Trump would meet.

In December, the PM’s joint chiefs of staffs, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, traveled to the US to build links with the incoming president’s team ahead of his inauguration on 20 January.



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