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Friday, 27 January 2017

'Opposites attract' May pledges special relationship with Trump's America WILL continue.


On her flight to the US for her historic first meeting with the new US president, the Prime Minister forecast that they will forge a strong bond despite their contrasting personalities as they open talks on a new UK-US trade deal.
And she declared that they shared a common approach in seeking to stand up for working families who have long been ignored by the mainstream establishment in both their countries.
“We both share a desire to see governments working for everyone and particularly for ordinary working families and working class families,” she told reporters traveling on her RAF Voyager flight to the US.
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Mrs May urged the United States to take back the 'mantle' of leadership once more.
“A country that works for everyone, an economy that works for everyone I think is so important. I think we share that interest and that intention.”
 will become the first national leader to hold face to face talks with President Trump. 
For her visit to the White House, the Prime Minister is expected to wear a striking Amanda Wakeley red two-piece suit with matching LK Bennett shoes for her meeting with the president today, championing the work of British fashion designers.
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Theresa May said that opposites attract in a speech discussed her relationship with Trump
And asked on the flight how she expected to get on with the brash former tycoon, she said: “Haven’t you ever noticed that sometimes opposites attract?”
We both share a desire to see governments working for everyone
Theresa May
Many allies of both leaders expect them to rekindle the level of personal chemistry enjoyed by their predecessors Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
Mrs May insisted she was determined to strengthen the transatlantic partnership as well as speaking “directly” to 
“What is important is having the opportunity to sit down with President Trump and talk to him face to face about the issues, about the interests we share, about the Special Relationship, about the challenges we both face.
“I will be able to talk directly to him and hear directly from him what his views are,” she said.
“I am sure I will leave with a very clear picture, I want to give him a very clear picture.
“I believe what will come out of this will be a very clear determination on both sides not just to maintain the Special Relationship but also to build the Special Relationship in the future.”
Mrs May was enthusiastic about the opportunity to forge a new free trade deal with the US as Britain leaves the EU.
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Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out in support of Britain leaving the European Union
“We are both very clear we want a trade deal, it will be in the interests of the UK, he will have the interests of the US. I believe we can come to an agreement that is in the interests of both,” she said.
“There is a limit to how far we can go in terms of a formal free trade agreement until we have actually left the EU. I think there is much we can do in the interim in terms of looking at how we can remove some of the barriers to trade in a number of areas so that we are able to see an advantage to both of us.”
She added: “I’m certainly looking forward to this trip.
“The purpose of this trip - and I am pleased I am going so early in the administration - is to build on the Special Relationship.
“That Special Relationship between the UK and the US has been important for security across the world and particularly for the West.”
Mrs May promised to be direct in raising points of disagreement with the President.
She will press him on the strategic importance of the NATO alliance, which he has raised doubts about.
And she will refuse to endorse his backing for torture in interrogating terrorist suspects.
“We condemn torture and my view on that won’t change whether I’m talking to you or talking to the President,” she said.
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The Prime Minister insisted she wants to strengthen Britain's relationship with the United States
“We condemn it, we do not believe in torture and that position has been clear for some time and is not going to change.”
Downing Street officials said the Government was building strong links with the new White House administration.
“The level of engagement between us and the Trump administration has been much mores extensive than with any other country,” a Downing Street source said.
On Thursday Mrs May began her two-day visit to the US with a speech to Republican Party congressmen and women hailing the historic links between the two countries and calling on both nation to lead the world in a period of change.
Mrs May spoke of the long history of British and American partnership, playing an important joint leadership role for the West.
She said that in the face of new global challenges the world needed British and US leadership now more than ever.
The two nations needed to “renew their special relationship for modern times”, she said.
It had long been America’s destiny to bear the responsibility of the leadership of the free world, she told the audience.
But the UK was proud to share that burden, she added.
Britain and America had led the Allies to victory in two world wars and the West through the Cold War, confronting and defeating communism “not just through military might but by winning the war of ideas”.
British and American leadership through the Special Relationship had not just overcome war and adversity but had also made the modern world.
The two countries had also inspired the establishment of international organisations including Nato and World Bank.
Mrs May urged America under President Trump to “take up the mantle of leadership again” and to renew the Special Relationship.
She told the Republicans that Mr Trump’s election victory was an opportunity to put their values of nationhood, family, patriotism, economic prudence and putting power in the hands of the people at the heart of American renewal.
An emboldened and confident America was good for the world, she said.
And a nation that was strong and prosperous at home could lead abroad, she said.
Britain would rebuild confidence as the country left the EU, she said.
“As we end our membership of the European Union we have the opportunity to reassert our belief in a confident, sovereign Great Britain - a global Britain read to build relations with old and new friends alike,” the Prime Minister said.
She forecast that the UK will “step up” to an even more internationalist role, cooperating with allies and projecting British values around the world.
Britain would also be among the “most forceful advocates of business, free markets and free trade” anywhere across the world.
In the age of change and renewal, Britain and America had a responsibility to “lead together again”.
She warned about threats facing the world including radical Islam and a resurgent and aggressive Russia.
She welcomed the economic rise of the east led by China and India but admitted some feared “the eclipse of the West” as a result.
The Prime Minister ruled out a return to the failed interventions of the past.
“The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries to remake the world in their own image are decisively over,” she said.
“But we cannot afford to stand idly by when the threat is real and when it is in our own interests to intervene.”
She backed President Trump’s plans for crushing the Islamic State terrorists and to reduce Iran’s “malign influence”.
Mrs May also praised President Trump for prioritising a UK-US trade deal.
“An agreement would see us build further on the Special Relationship, cementing and affirming one of the greatest forces for progress that this world has ever known.”
Mrs May wore a navy trouser suit and Russell & Bromley heels for her speech on Thursday.
She held talks with senior Republicans including House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.
She also held a small drinks party for senior Republicans and Democrats at the British embassy residence in Washington.