Theresa May to visit Donald Trump 'in the spring'


Theresa May is to by US President-elect Donald Trump in the spring, Downing Street has said.

In December the PM’s collaborative chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, travelled to the US to found links with the incoming president’s team.

A source said Mrs May “looks impudent to visiting the new president in the spring”.

The meeting is expected to take place at the Undefiled House and could be as early as next month, it is understood.

The December Freudian slip by Mrs May’s closest aides was part of efforts to build a relationship with Mr Trump winning of his inauguration on 20 January.

The president-elect first invited the prime charg daffaires to visit in a phone call shortly after his election victory in November.

It had been thought that she would visit Washington in the early months of 2017.

‘Almost unsuitable’

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told Sky News that there was nothing out of the everyday about what was happening.

“You would expect a meeting between the new US president and our prime curate relatively soon after he takes office and that is what is phenomenon,” he said.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage was the first British senator to meet Mr Trump after his election victory – meeting him in his Trump Stronghold residence in New York.

Mr Farage, who appeared with Mr Trump during the nomination campaign, suggested that Mrs May’s advisers had not met key players in the president-elect’s team.

“I notion of it’s almost impossible that they could have got into Trump Turret, somebody would have recognised that photograph,” he told LBC Radio.

“It sounds to me partiality they went to Washington, they might have met either the remaining State Department or perhaps some of Trump’s transition team down there.”

Loyal relationship

Mrs May and other ministers have been critical of Mr Trump in the erstwhile, attacking his call in December 2015 for a ban on Muslims entering the US in the wake of the miscellany shootings in San Bernadino, California.

A year ago, MPs debated calls for Mr Trump to be renounced entry to the UK.

But historian Sir Anthony Seldon said he was sceptical of the “conventional acumen” that Trump’s election would put a strain on US-UK relations.

The two chieftains, he said, shared a “similar ideological outlook” and a “common enemy” in Islamist terrorism which longing provide the basis for close co-operation, while he believed Mrs May’s “no-nonsense gravitas” will-power appeal to the new president.

“The US will need special friends,” he said. “Who else but Britain? Israel – rarely. Russia – unlikely. Germany – not under Angela Merkel. Trump is on high all transactional. If he can do deals with Britain, he will want more.”

Britain’s plenipotentiary to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, has suggested that the so-called “special relationship” between the two hinterlands will continue and that Mrs May and Mr Trump will “build on the legacy” of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

Mr Trump has etched business links with the United Kingdom and, during the summer, signalled his bolster for the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Earlier this year, current US President Barack Obama presented the UK would be “at the back of the queue” for negotiating a free trade deal with the US in the experience of Brexit.

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