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Trump Plans to Meet U.K.'s Prime Minister May

Trump Plans to Meet U.K.'s Prime Minister May

Sunday, 08 January 2017 06:30 AM

President-elect Donald Trump says he will meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in spring as the British leader tries to ease a frosty start to their relationship and expand trade with the U.S. after her country withdraws from the European Union.

“I look very much forward to meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington in the Spring. Britain, a longtime U.S. ally, is very special!” Trump said on Twitter.

May has started a behind-the-scenes charm offensive to build bridges with the incoming president. She plans to travel to Washington in the spring, her office said in an e-mailed statement late on Thursday, though no firm timing had been agreed.

In an effort to improve her links with Trump, May sent her two most senior aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, on a secret trip to the U.S. in mid-December to meet members of his team, her office said.

The premier’s joint chiefs of staff, Hill and Timothy, are regarded in London as May’s most powerful advisers, holding huge influence over the government of the U.K. That May chose to send them both together to meet Trump’s team demonstrates the importance she places on building links with the new White House as the U.K. looks to expand trade with the U.S. after it withdraws from the European Union.

May is attempting to recover lost ground. The prime minister suffered the personal embarrassment of being outflanked by her political rival Nigel Farage, the former U.K. Independence Party leader, who met Trump within days of his victory in November. She was then forced to reject Trump’s controversial suggestion that Farage -- who is close to key members of the president-elect’s team -- should be made U.K. ambassador in Washington.

In December 2015, May, who was then Britain’s home secretary, criticized Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as “divisive, unhelpful and wrong.”

Timothy and Hill had their own work to do on the trip. Before they took up posts in May’s new government in July, Timothy said on Twitter that he did not want “any ‘reaching out’ to Trump,” while Hill tweeted: “Donald Trump is a chump.”

U.K. officials are said to be concerned at their poor links with the incoming U.S. administration at a time when Britain is looking to expand trade after Brexit. There are signs Trump, who has a Scottish mother, may be a willing partner. Whereas Obama said Britain would be “at the back of the queue” to secure a trade deal with the U.S., Trump told Farage Britain would be “at the front.”

 

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President-elect Donald Trump says he will meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in spring as the British leader tries to ease a frosty start to their relationship and expand trade with the U.S. after her country withdraws from the European Union."I look very much...
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