Friday, 20 October 2017

May promises to tackle Trump on ‘unacceptable’ comments

LONDON: Theresa May has promised that she will not flinch from challenging Donald Trump about “unacceptable” statements when she becomes the first foreign leader to meet him as president this week. But the prime minister declined to say if she would criticise some of Mr Trump’s remarks about women, which she condemned during the US presidential campaign. “I have already said that some of the comments that Donald Trump has made in relation to women are unacceptable. Some of those he himself has apologised for.” “When I sit down, I think the biggest statement that will be made about the role of women is the fact that I will be there as a female prime minister, prime minister of the UK, directly taking to him about the interests that we share.”

The prime minister defended Mr Trump’s inaugural address, saying that all national leaders put their own country and people first. She also insisted that the president remained committed to Nato, despite his description of the organisation as obsolete. “I’ve spoken to him about Nato. Nato is very important, Nato has been the bulwark of our security here in Europe and we work together in Nato. We’ve both made the point before about contributions being made by countries, the United Kingdom is spending 2 per cent of its GDP on defence, I believe that’s important,” she said. “What is important is that we recognise the value of Nato, which he does, the value of Nato as an organisation that is helping us to defend Europe and defend the interests of all of those allies who are in Nato.”

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