US News Donald Trump looks forward to meeting Theresa May from 'very special' US ally

05:30  08 january  2017
05:30  08 january  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Donald Trump has finally taken a congratulatory call from Theresa May in the wake of his seismic victory in the US Presidential battle. The billionaire hailed his ' very , very special ' bond with Britain as he spoke to the PM this afternoon. Mr Trump also extended an invitation to visit Washington 'as soon as possible'. But the incoming commander-in-chief had already talked to leaders from at least nine other countries including Turkey, Egypt and Ireland - causing speculation over a snub. The President-elect is in the early stages of a huge round of calls to world leaders to mark his election.

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Donald Trump tweeted that he is looking forward to meeting Theresa May in Washington in the spring (AP/Evan Vucci): Trump-Album Sales-Fact Check © Associated Press Trump-Album Sales-Fact Check

Donald Trump has said he is "very much" looking forward to meeting Theresa May in the coming months and described Britain as a "very special" ally.

The president-elect of the United States and the Prime Minister will meet in Washington in the spring, following preparatory meetings by her closest advisers over the Christmas period.

He wrote on Twitter: "I look very much forward to meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington in the Spring. Britain, a longtime U.S. ally, is very special!"

Mr Trump's warm words will be welcomed by Downing Street after so much of the spotlight falling on his relationship with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

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Donald Trump tweeted to say he is looking forward to meeting Theresa May . The President-elect added he is excited to meet Theresa May in the spring – although a formal date has not yet been set. The Republican tycoon tweeted: “I look very much forward to meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington in the Spring. Britain, a longtime U . S . ally , is very special !” More to follow…

Donald Trump , pictured during his campaign, took his time picking up the phone to Theresa May . The state of the ' special relationship' was thrown into doubt today after Donald Trump snubbed Theresa May by calling a string of world leaders first. Trump has now spoken to Theresa May , Parliament has confirmed, in a phone call during which the President-elect said he looked forward to working with the Prime Minister and congratulated her on her recent appointment.

After a turbulent week Whitehall may also find comfort in the president-elect's signal that the "special relationship" between the US and the UK will be maintained under his administration.

A date for the meeting is yet to be revealed, but it is expected to come within weeks of Mr Trump's inauguration on January 20.

The relative proximity of the occasions may be perceived as another boon for the Prime Minister, after she was pipped to speaking with the tycoon following his election by the leaders of nearly a dozen countries.

The pair are understood to have spoken twice since his victory in November, with the PM suggesting key staff from both teams meet during their second call.

Mrs May's joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill travelled to the US in December to build links with the president-elect's team.

The Prime Minister's relationship with the White House is seen as key as Britain prepares to leave the EU and redefines its position in the world.

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