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Theresa May meets Donald Trump

    May and Trump are now having lunch in the White House
    1/27/2017 6:45:37 PM
    Some fuller quotes from the press conference on Trump's position on Russia's Vladimir Putin

    "I don't know the gentleman. I hope we have a fantastic relationship. That's possible and it's also possible that we won't. We will see what happens.

    "I have had many times where I thought I would get along with people and I don't like them at all. And I have had some where I didn't think I was going to have much of a relationship and it turned out to be a great relationship.

    "So, Theresa, we never know about those things do we? But I will tell you one thing: I will be representing the American people very strongly."

    1/27/2017 6:57:30 PM
    On Nato, it's important to note that while May said Trump was 100% behind the alliance, the President himself never uttered those words: "Today we have reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this alliance," May said.

    "Mr President, I think you confirmed that you are 100% behind Nato."

    1/27/2017 6:58:51 PM

    On torture, Trump stuck to his well-rehearsed script, saying he believed it worked but that he would bow to the advice of his defence secretary. We will have to wait and see whether he sticks to his word.

    "We have a great general who has just been appointed secretary of defence, general James Mattis and he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding - or however you want to define it. Enhanced interrogation would be words that a lot of people would like to use.

    "I don't necessarily agree but he will override because I am giving him that power. He is an expert, he is highly respected, he is the general's general."

    1/27/2017 7:01:56 PM

    Donald Trump's sinister reply when asked a question by the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg

    The IndependentDonald Trump has jokingly threatened the US-UK special relationship after being asked a difficult question during a joint press conference with Theresa May. The Prime Minister was appearing alongside the President at the White House as the first world leader to make an official visit since his inauguration. He used the event to announce a state visit to the UK later this year and praised what he referred to as "wonderful" Brexit.
    1/27/2017 7:07:46 PM
    Some of Trump's most significant comments were on the Brexit vote. 

    "I think Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country," he said.

    "When it irons out you are going to have your own identity and you are going to have the people that you want in your country and you are going to be able to make free trade deals without having somebody watching you and what you are doing.

    "I think it will end up being a fantastic thing for the United Kingdom. I think in the end it will be a tremendous asset, not a tremendous liability."

    1/27/2017 7:19:52 PM
    News just in on the White House lunch menu. Theresa May and her entourage are being treated to 'American-style beef ribs'
    1/27/2017 7:29:29 PM

    The full menu being served in the state dining room is as follows:

    Starter of baby iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese, a main of braised beef short ribs with potato puree and glazed winter vegetables, and a salted caramel creme brulee for dessert

    1/27/2017 7:32:09 PM
    Theresa May will urge EU countries to raise defence spending for Donald Trump…

    Donald Trump and Theresa May caught holding hands in White House photo

    The IndependentTheresa May and Donald Trump have been photographed holding hands as they took a walk through the White House. More follows...
    1/27/2017 7:41:36 PM
    Very proud of @bbclaurak and @tnewtondunn for robust questioning of Donald Trump & showing the world what a free press is
    More details of the gifts exchanged by May and Trump... The US President presented his British counterpart with a picture of Abraham Lincoln, a hero of Trump's.
    The framed image from a 1865 edition of Harper's Weekly magazine shows Lincoln swearing the Oath of Office on the same copy of the Bible used by Trump in his own inauguration, PA reported.
    1/27/2017 8:24:16 PM
    Meanwhile, May presented her host with a traditional Scottish cup of friendship, known as a quaich, reflecting the US President's Scottish ancestry.
    First Lady Melania Trump gave a pair of silver cufflinks by New York designer David Yurman for Mrs May's husband Philip.

    And she received a gift of a hamper of produce from the Prime Minister's country residence Chequers, including apple juice, damson jam and marmalade, as well as Bakewell tarts and cranberry and white chocolate "shorties".

    1/27/2017 8:25:06 PM

    Now from one Brexit trade partner in the US, to another in Turkey.

    Next stop Turkey for Theresa May and her advisers. The RAF jet carrying the PM and her entourage is expected to touch down in the capital Ankara at 9.45am. She will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials for talks on the conflict in Syria, the Cyprus dispute and anti-terror cooperation
    1/27/2017 8:59:50 PM
    Meanwhile many are speculating about protests when Trump makes his state visit to the UK later this year.

    Many expect a rerun of the worldwide Women's March the day after his inauguration where millions of women in over 30 countries marched in protest at his anti-women policies. 
    1/27/2017 9:12:07 PM
    The Independent's coverage of May's visit to the White House has now ended. 

    Her visit is the first for any foreign leader since Trump entered the White House. 

    Both sides were keen to emphasise the strength of the 'special relationship' between the US and the UK and appeared to brush aside the many issues they disagree on. 

    May attempted to reiterate her support for Nato and continued sanctions against Russia – issues Trump has been wobbly on in the past.
    Meanwhile the new President tried to strike a more reasonable tone by saying he would back his new Defense Secretary's decision on torture despite his belief that 'it works'. 
    1/27/2017 9:44:26 PM
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