- Donald Trump is set to take part in a state visit to the UK later this year.
- the visit was put on hold last year following reports that Trump was concerned about widespread public opposition to the visit.
- However, a spokesperson for prime minister Theresa May said plans were now being “finalised”.
- Trump says the two countries are now joined at the hip.
LONDON – Theresa May and Donald Trump are now “finalising” plans for a state visit to the UK later this year.
Following their meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, a spokesperson for the prime minister said that the two had discussed their plans and instructed US and UK officials “to work together on finalising the details of a visit by the President to the UK later this year.”
A senior UK government source told Business Insider that they now expect the president to visit the UK in the “second half of this year.”
Plans for a state visit were put on hold last year following reports that the president was unwilling to visit Britain while there remained widespread public and press opposition to it.
However, the two leaders appeared to have moved towards agreeing a date for the visit.
“We will talk about it. We will talk about that,” Trump said today in advance of the meeting.
The president also dismissed “false rumours” that there had been a rift between the two countries.
“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.
Great bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, affirming the special relationship and our commitment to work together on key national security challenges and economic opportunities. #WEF18 pic.twitter.com/FPP8aRDAyt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2018
A spokesperson for May said the two leaders had discussed Iran, the Syrian conflict and Britain’s exit from the EU.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
“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.”
A UK government source said that May had planned to bring up the visit in the meeting.
“I honestly can’t remember which of them brought [the state visit] up first. But it was something that was always going to be talked about.”
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