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- Donald Trump says he has a “great relationship” with Theresa May as the pair meets in Davos.
- “We are on the same wavelength I think in every respect,” the US President said.
- President dismisses what he calls “false rumours” that the two had fallen out.
- Trump said the pair “will talk” about his proposed state visit to the UK.
LONDON – Donald Trump has dismissed “false rumours” of a fallout with Theresa May, saying that he is “on the same wavelength” with the UK prime minister in “every respect”.
Speaking at a joint press conference in the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, the US President said they had a “great relationship” and wanted to dispel claims that there was tension between them.
“It’s been an honour to be with Prime Minister May. We’ve had a great discussion,” Trump said.
“We are on the same wavelength I think in every respect. The prime minister and myself have had a really great relationship.
“Some people don’t necessarily believe that but I can tell you I have tremendous respect for the prime minister and the job she’s doing.
He added: “I think the feeling is mutual from the standpoint of liking each other a lot. There was a little bit of a false rumour out there and I just wanted to correct it, frankly. I’ve got great respect for everything you’re doing.”
May responded by saying “we continue to have that really special relationship” and insisted that both nations were working towards “a good trading relationship in the future.”
Trump’s comments follow a public spat last year, when May criticised the president for retweeting a video by the far-right group Britain First.
A spokesman for the British prime minister said in November that it was “wrong” for Trump to have broadcast the footage to his 43 million Twitter followers.
Trump responded by telling May to concentrate on terrorism taking place in Britain.
“Theresa @theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!” he tweeted.
Watch Trump describe his “great relationship” with May
Pres. Trump says he andTheresa May “are on the same wavelength in everyrespect.” That may not help May back home. pic.twitter.com/LfTlNGDLIJ
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) January 25, 2018
Trump today revealed that he would use his meeting with May in Switzerland to discuss his proposed state visit to the UK.
“We will talk about it. We will talk about that,” he told reporters at the press conference.
He added “we love your country” and described the UK and US as being “joined at the hip” when it comes to their militaries.
“There’s nothing that would happen to you (where) we wouldn’t be there to fight for you. You know that,” he told the UK prime minister.