On Saturday, Trump tweeted: ‘I look very much forward to meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington in the Spring. Britain, a longtime U.S. ally, is very special!’
A meeting between the Prime Minister and the President-elect was announced earlier this week. Downing Street officials told the Express.co.uk that the meeting could happen as early as February.
I look very much forward to meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington in the Spring. Britain, a longtime U.S. ally, is very special!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2017
The Daily Mail reports,
In November of last year, Trump told May that he wanted to revive the close transatlantic bond enjoyed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
The controversial billionaire launched a charm offensive during a ten-minute phone call with the PM, telling her Britain is ‘a very, very special place for me and our country’.
Downing Street sources said the tycoon also talked of his hope of reviving the close UK-US relationship that dominated the West throughout the 1980s.
May ‘highlighted her wish to strengthen bilateral trade and investment with the US as we leave the EU’.
She also urged Trump to follow through on his pledge to work to heal the divisions that poisoned a brutal presidential elections campaign.
The groundwork for the spring meeting was laid last month when May sent her joint chiefs of staff on a secret mission to New York and Washington.
Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy are said to have met senior aides to the Republican leader during the fence-mending mission.
The visit might may have proved awkward as both publicly criticized Trump on Twitter before entering Number 10.
Hill said ‘Donald Trump is a chump’ while Timothy said he didn’t ‘want any “reaching out” to Trump’.
Last month’s mission was part of May’s efforts to build a relationship with the controversial tycoon ahead of his inauguration on January 20.
A source said: ‘This was part of a process leading towards the PM’s first visit with Trump.
‘During the second phone call with president-elect Trump, the Prime Minister suggested it would be a good idea for key staff from both teams to meet. President-elect Trump agreed this would be useful.
‘We are pleased to have been able to make that happen and the Prime Minister looks forward to visiting the new president in the spring.’
May is keen to build relations with Trump after describing his plan to ban all Muslims from entering the US as ‘plain wrong’ when she was Home Secretary.
The relationship is also seen to be important as May tries to renegotiate Britain’s place in global affairs following its exit of the European Union.
However it suffered a setback in November last year after it emerged Timothy and Hill had criticized Trump on Twitter.
In December 2015, Hill described Trump as ‘a chump’ in the wake of his controversial comments about Muslims.
In March last year, Timothy wrote: ‘American politics was depressing enough before Trump took off.’
In May, he added: ‘Urgh… as a Tory I don’t want any ”reaching out” to Trump.’
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