Theresa May to meet Donald Trump on Friday, White House officials confirm

The Prime Minister will be holding talks with the President this week and will fly to Washington DC for a 'couple of days'

Saturday 21 January 2017 19:09 GMT
Prime Minister Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa May (PA wire)

Theresa May will be one of the first foreign leaders to meet President Donald Trump, White House officials have confirmed.

The Prime Minister will be holding talks with the 45th President on Friday and will fly to Washington DC for a "couple of days".

Plans to meet Ms May were pushed forward by Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s chief strategist, as the new administration look to secure a strong relationship with Britain.

Ms May is set to visit without any other cabinet ministers and the details of the trip have apparently been worked on over the last week, according to The Telegraph.

Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are apparently intent on emulating the relationship between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.

“They are really, really keen to capture the Reagan-Thatcher idea: A new populist in the White House and a strong woman in Number 10. They want to rekindle that as soon as possible,” a government source told The Telegraph.

A senior White House Official confirmed Ms May's plans but Downing Street has not yet released any information about the trip, Sky News reported.

Ms May had been overtly critical of Mr Trump in the past and there were fears the President would choose to shun the Prime Minister.

During the 2016 campaign period Ms May suggested she disapproved of the way Mr Trump’s campaign had been conducted and said he was "just plain wrong" on his comments about policing in London and British Muslims.

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