Sunday, 25 February 2018

Trump says talks with UK will lead to tremendous rise in trade

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DAVOS: President Donald Trump said in a meeting today with British Prime Minister Theresa May that the two leaders have a great relationship, dismissing as a “false rumor” reports that they have clashed.

“There was a little bit of a false rumor out there, I just wanted to correct it,” Trump said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We love your country. We have the same ideals and there’s nothing that would happen to you that we wouldn’t be there to fight for you.”

Trump’s reiteration of what’s known as the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K. may help May thaw her frosty relationship with the president. Relations with the U.K., one of America’s oldest and closest allies, have been tested over the past year with arguments over anti-terror measures, intelligence leaks and Trump’s social media clashes with the mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

May said the countries “continue to have that really special relationship between the U.K. and the United States, standing shoulder to shoulder because we’re facing the same challenges across the world and as you say we’re working together to defeat those challenges.”

She was seen leaving the meeting after about 45 minutes.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday in Davos, before Trump’s arrival, that the countries still enjoy a special economic relationship, and that the U.S. is ready to quickly negotiate a trade deal with the U.K. as it withdraws from the EU.

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