US PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump will officially come to the UK later this year and he has predicted a “Tremendous increase” in UK-US trade after a successful meeting with Theresa May at The World Economic Forum in Davos.
The Prime Minister and President asked their respective officials to work together on finalising the details of a visit by the President to the UK later this year.”
Trump also re-enforced the special relationship and added that the UK and the USA were “joined at the hip” on military matters, while Mrs May said they stood “shoulder to shoulder” in facing shared threats.
The two world leaders began by discussing Bombardier, with the PM telling Trump of the importance of the company’s jobs in Northern Ireland.
The PM and the President discussed Iran, and the need to work together to combat the destabilising activity which it is conducting in the region, including ballistic missile development, and continuing efforts to ensure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.
BREXIT: GOOD PROGRESS
Mrs May also updated the President on the good progress which had been made in the Brexit negotiations so far. The two leaders reiterated their desire for a strong trading relationship post-Brexit, which would be in the interests of both countries.
On Trade Mr Trump said: “One thing that will be taking place over a number of years will be trade. Trade is going to increase many times.
“I look forward to that… the discussions… that will be taking place are going to lead to tremendous increases in trade between our two countries which is great for both in terms of jobs. We look forward to that and we are starting that process, pretty much as we speak.”
He added the US would be “there to fight for you – you know that” and the two were “joined at the hip when it comes to the military”.
Mrs May replied that the “really special relationship” between the UK and US continued and they stood “shoulder to shoulder because we are facing the same challenges across the world”.
“Alongside that working for a good trade relationship for the future which will be for both our benefits, so the UK and the US both do well out of this – and it’s been great to see you today.”
Trump to May: “We love your country.”
After their meeting, Mr Trump told Mrs May “I have great respect for everything you are doing, we love your country, I think it’s really great.”
Trump obviously took to his Twitter to tell the world of the successful meeting.