British PM Theresa May to meet Trump on Friday

Sun 22 Jan 2017 at 10:25 International

NNA - British Prime Minister Theresa May will become the first foreign leader to meet with US President Donald Trump when she visits the US next week, the White House says.
Trump will meet the British prime minister on Friday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters during his first press briefing on Saturday.


Prior to extending the first official invitation, Trump spoke with May on the day of his inauguration. Speaking to CIA analysts at Langley on Saturday, Trump seemed quite excited to meet the British politician.


Saying that the “Prime Minister is coming over to our country very shortly,” Trump noted that Winston Churchill's statue will be waiting for May at the Oval Office.


“I think most of us like Churchill. He doesn’t come from our country but had a lot to do with it. Helped us; real ally,” Trump said at the CIA headquarters.


While the White House did not mention any specific topics, it is widely believed that Brexit, NATO, and the role of Russia will be discussed in Washington.


Trump, who had applauded the UK for voting to leave the EU in June, is likely to extend the hand of friendship.


In Friday's interview with the Financial Times, May said that she is “confident” that Washington will “recognize the importance of the cooperation we have in Europe to ensure our collective defense and collective security.”


She expressed hope that Trump, despite his previous rhetoric, will recognize the “importance and significance of NATO.” ---RT



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