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Donald Trump set for UK visit later this year

President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

THERESA May and Donald Trump have asked officials to work on “finalising the details of a visit by the President to the UK later this year”, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister and US President met today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Following Mrs May and Mr Trump’s meeting in Davos, a Downing Street spokesman said: “The two leaders began by discussing Bombardier, with the PM reiterating 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.

“They also agreed on the importance of continuing to stand side-by-side in the fight against Daesh in Syria and elsewhere.

“The Prime Minister 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.

“The PM and president concluded by asking officials to work together on finalising the details of a visit by the president to the UK later this year.”

In today’s meeting, Trump assured  May that “we love your country” and said he wanted to correct a “false rumour” of a trans-Atlantic rift – sparked by their earlier spat over his retweeting of videos by far-right group Britain First and his decision not to visit London for the opening of the new US embassy.

Shaking hands with Mrs May before the cameras at the Swiss ski resort, Mr Trump said that they would “talk about” his mooted state visit to the UK. But neither he nor the Prime Minister gave any clue when it might take place.