- PM has sealed her fledgling alliance with Donald Trump with a warm handshake at White House
- Signed the visitors’ book before viewing a bust of Churchill the president has moved into the Oval Office
- Held a joint press conference and went to working lunch
- Earlier May laid wreath at Arlington National Cemetery before heading for first talks with Trump
- Says she hopes to have a close relationship with the new President because ‘sometimes opposites attract’
- Urged Trump to beware of Vladimir Putin and called NATO ‘the cornerstone of the West’s defense’
The pair bonded over a bust of Winston Churchill in the American president’s office and were later seen walking hand-in-hand from down the West Wing Colonnade on their way to a joint press conference.
Trump grabbed May’s hand as they approached the cameras, patting it twice, and then letting it go.
May announced at a news conference that the Queen has invited Trump for a state visit to the UK and revealed that the president and first lady had accepted.
Trump and May opened a new chapter in the ‘special relationship’ between the allied nations as they met today for talks on trade, NATO and the fight against ISIS.
The fellow conservatives sealed their fledgling alliance in the Oval Office with a warm handshake. Trump said it was ‘an honor’ to have May in the White House. May replied: ‘Well thank you Mr President.’
They held a joint press conference an hour later at which Trump pointed out that his mother was born in Scotland and pledged the United States’ ‘lasting support to this most special relationship.’
The two leaders appeared comfortable with each other despite their differences on several key issues, including the use of torture on their nations’ enemies.
After May called on a BBC reporter, who directed a difficult question to Trump about some of his more ‘alarming’ statements about Russia, torture, Muslims and punishment for women who have abortion, he turned to his contemporary and teasingly said, ‘This was your choice of a question.’
‘There goes that relationship,’ he added.
The reporter asked May about areas where they may have disagreed, holding her to a promise to be frank with Trump.
‘I’ve been listening to the president and the president’s been listening to me…And there will be times when we disagree and issues on which we disagree,’ she said, declining to delve into the details. ‘The point of the special relationship is that we are able to have that open and frank discussion.’
May said she’s confident that on ‘many issues’ they will ‘stand alongside one another.’
‘We are at a moment now when we can build an even stronger special relationship, which will be in the interest not just of the UK and the United States, but actually in the interest of the wider world as well.’
Trump said that he and May have developed a ‘great relationship’ even in the short time time they known one another – just by being with each other.’
The US president and British PM were heading to lunch after their joint presser. Already, Trump said they’d had ‘some very interesting talks and very productive talks.’
‘I think we’re going to get along very well,’ he said after a British reporter asked about their ability to get alone given their personality differences. ‘You know, it’s interesting because I am a people person. I think you are also, Theresa. And I can often tell how I get along with somebody very early, and I believe we’re going to have a fantastic relationship.’
In the question the reporter referred to Trump as a ‘brash, extrovert’ and May as ‘the hard-working daughter of a vicar. ‘Actually, I’m not as brash as you might think,’ Trump told him with a laugh.