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Theresa May and Donald Trump meet at the White House, his first
After the handshake by a bust of Winston Churchill,
We are discussing how we can establish a trade
negotiation agreement, take forward immediate high-level
talks, lay the groundwork for a UK-US trade agreement.
Also top of the agenda, cementing the special relationship.
And I can tell you that I think we're going to get along very well.
It's interesting, because I am a people person.
After the warm words, President Trump even takes Mrs May's hand
after the news conference. We'll be assessing whether
the Prime Minister's meeting with the President was a success,
and looking back at his tumultuous Plans to cut hip
and knee operations for people who are obese or only
in moderate pain. The UK's biggest retailer,
Tesco, is to buy the UK's And after the Oscars were criticised
for being too white, could this film And coming up in Sportsday on BBC
News: Arsene Wenger is given a four-match touchline ban
for his altercation with a Premier League official
against Burnley last Sunday. Donald Trump and Theresa May have
hailed a new era of relations between America and Britain,
after meeting at the White House. It's President Trump's first talks
there with any foreign The Prime Minister told a news
conference Mr Trump had given what she called his "100%" backing
to Nato, despite his recent She confirmed that the Queen has
invited President Trump to make a state visit to Britain this year,
and that he has accepted. There was also talk of a future
trade deal, but no detail. Everyone is paying attention. Our
Prime Minister, the first foreign leader to make their way, oh so
carefully into the Trump White House, the first foreign leader to
take the risk and the opportunity to be greeted at the side door of 1600
Pennsylvania Ave. Stepping into the lights. Alongside the ringmaster of
his own circus. Today, the United States renews our deep bond with
Britain, military, financial, cultural and political. We have one
of the great bonds. We pledge our lasting support to this most special
relationship. Can I start by saying that I'm so pleased that I've been
able to be here today, and thank you for inviting me so soon after your
inauguration. And I'm delighted to be able to congratulate you on what
was a stunning election victory. I have today been able to convey her
magister the Queen's hope that President Trump and the First Lady
would pay a state visit to the United Kingdom later this year and
I'm delighted the president has accepted that invitation. And after
the small talk, an achievement for Theresa May, a promise from the
president on Nato, the vital defence alliance which he had said risked
being obsolete. On defence and security cooperation, we are united
in our recognition of Nato was the bulwark of our collective defence
and today, we've reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this
alliance. Mr President, I think you concerned you are 100% behind Nato.
For keen watchers of the Oval Office, the bust of Churchill moved
back into the room. The original, this is the original in many ways.
Easier to do than commit to a rapid trade deal. Much mentioned in the
run-up, but no guarantee. But the president was eager to remind
Britain he was always behind Brexit. I said Brexit is going to happen and
I was spawned in the press for making that prediction. I was
scorned. I said, I believe it's going to happen because people want
to know who's coming into their country and they want to control
their own trade and various things, and Lo and behold, the following
day, it happened. And the odds were not looking good for me when I made
that statement come up, because as you know everybody thought it was
not going to happen. I think Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for
your country. Laura? Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Mr President,
you have said before that torture works, give praised Russia, you have
said you want to ban some Muslims from coming to America, you
suggested there should be punishment for abortion. For many people in
Britain, those sound like alarming beliefs. What do you say to our
viewers at home who are worried about some of your views, and
worried about you becoming leader of the free world? This was your choice
of a question? LAUGHTER
There goes that relationship! We have a great general, who has just
been appointed secretary of defence, General James Mattis. And he has
stated, publicly, that he does not necessarily believe in torture, or
waterboarding, or however you want to define it, enhanced interrogation
I guess would be a word that a lot of words, people like to use. I
don't necessarily agree, but I would tell you that he will override,
because I'm giving him that power. Prime Minister, you've talked about
where you agree, but you've also said you would be frank where you
disagree with the president. Can you tell is wearing our talks you did
disagree, and do you think that the president listened to what you have
to say? And Mr President, you... LAUGHTER
Can I confirm, I've been listening to the president and the president
has been listening to me, that's the point of having a conversation under
dialogue, and we have been discussing a number of topics. We'll
carry on after this press conference, meeting and discussing a
number of other topics. And there will be times when we disagree, and
issues on which we disagree. The point of the special relationship is
we are able to have that open and frank discussion, so that we are
able to make that clear when it happens. But I'm clear also that
there are many issues on which the United Kingdom and United States
stand alongside one another. Many issues on which we agree. I think,
as I said yesterday in mice Beach, that we are to moment now when we
can build an even stronger special relationship, which will be not of
just the United States and United Kingdom but in the interests of the
wider world as well. Could they be friends? The careful leader, who
surprised herself ending up in power than she could have imagined, the
star of his own reality show, the White House the twist in the plot. I
can tell you, I think we are going to get along very well. I'm a people
person, I think you are as well, Theresa. I can often tell how I get
along with somebody very early and I think we'll have a fantastic
relationship. The flash and perform all were side-by-side at the podium,
but far from being an awkward encounter the leaders lavished
praise on each other, trying hard to appear relaxed and each other's
company. This was so much more than a big day out for Theresa May. Just
one important moment. We've just seen the first steps in a
relationship that will shape her leadership and the country. Even
world leaders need a hand now undergoing. The president and the
Prime Minister's classed as they made their way down the steps. So
much is uncertain, there is much to gain, get that grip may prove too
close. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, at the White House.
Our Business Editor Simon Jack is with me.
A key objective of these talks was to talk trade.
It was referred to in the press conference after the meeting
It was a sideshow. Traders are comfortable subject they can talk
about and one of the things raised in the press conference by Laura. We
have a pretty good trading relationship with the US already.
The US is the number one destination, single country
destination, for British exports, 25% go there. The number -- the UN
-- of UK's number one place for foreign investment, so it's not a
broken relationship that needs fixing. It's more political. Donald
Trump needs a deal so he can prove to everyone that he's not a wall
building protectionist, the distracts from the Mexico thing, and
the PM needs a deal, to show we have powerful friends who are outside the
EU, waiting to embrace as the minute we are out. It's a political win for
both sides. The reality is, there's different details, for example they
washed their chicken in chlorine and give their cows growth hormones, we
don't. We have different drug approval mechanisms. The political
will is definitely there. The detail of thrashing that out is still
pretty formidable. Simon, thank you. As well as talking to Theresa May,
President Trump had an hour long phone conversation with his Mexican
counterpart, as part of a bid to resolve who will pay for the much
talked about wall along And in an indication of his views
on the contentious issue of abortion in America,
the Vice President indicated that Mr Trump will ensure his choice
for one of the country's top judges Forget Theresa May's visit to DC,
the big public event in Washington today was a demonstration by tens
of thousands of pro-life campaigners, demanding a toughening
of the abortion laws. This is an annual event,
but the people who turned out feel they are on the cusp of bringing
about a major shift They feel they have a President
in tune with them. Perhaps more in tune
than the woman brought in to sing President Trump has made clear
he wants a conservative pro-life to fill the vacant seat
on the Supreme Court, and he sent his Vice President along
to address the crowds, the most senior government
representative ever This Administration will work
with Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion
providers, and we will devote those resources to health care services
for women across America. But winning over Mexico
to pay for the border wall Yesterday's bizarre war of words
on social media between the two presidents ended with the Mexican
head of state pulling out of Today, Twitter diplomacy was
replaced by the more old-fashioned And at his news
conference, tellingly, no mention of the wall
and who was going to pay for it. We are no longer going
to be the country that So we are going to
renegotiate our trade deals, and we are going
to renegotiate other aspects of our And in the end I think it
will be good for both It's hard to believe
it is only a week since the inauguration of President Trump,
such is the pace at which events His first meeting with a foreign
leader completed, a raft of executive orders,
and there seems to be no And a short time ago the President
went to the Pentagon to meet his senior commanders,
to discuss a change of strategy and intensification of the fight
against so-called Islamic State. He also oversaw the swearing
in of his new Defence This former general is pro-Nato,
anti-torture and a Russian sceptic. And for those reasons,
a figure of considerable reassurance It has been quite a first week for
President Trump. First of all, his meeting today with Theresa May. A
success? Yes, Theresa May will be leaving Washington feeling that was
mission accomplished, a job well done. It was a diplomatic coup in
the first place for the British to be the first foreign nation to come
and meet the new President is his inauguration. Secondly, the
atmospherics were good. She has built up something of a rap or.
Thirdly, she got some concessions. That point on Nato was important and
a lot of European nations were looking for something like that from
Donald Trump. And it sets the framework. The trade deal is a long
way off but if she feels this is someone she can do business with, as
seems to be the case, they will be well pleased with that. His first
week in office has not been Dahlen and he has just signed another
controversial executive order. I am just reading some of the content,
establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out
of the United States. We don't want them here, he said a few moments ago
at the Pentagon. The detail of the executive order we are still finding
out and it will emerge later, but what a dizzying week it has been. It
is hard to believe it was only a week ago that the inauguration took
place. On all sorts of France there has been huge energy, lots of
action. The deals are not done in terms of what the policy will mean.
Donald Trump remains as divisive as ever but few Americans can doubt his
energy levels, given what we have just witnessed. Thank you.
Plans to cut knee and hip replacement operations
in Worcestershire have been described as alarming
Three commissioning groups in the county say very obese
patients, and those who are in only moderate pain, will not
They say the plan will save ?2 million a year, but is it fair?
He's due to have a hip operation which would make his job
as a tour guide much easier, but Gordon has been waiting more
than six months with no sign of an appointment yet.
His experience shows how debilitating a long wait
Occasionally, I will wake up and you try to move and it's
It's one way of getting relief on it.
It's certainly affecting my daily life.
In Gordon's local area in Worcestershire, the NHS will be
tightening the criteria, making it even more difficult
A scoring system based on a questionnaire by patients
will be used to assess who needs surgery.
In effect, they have to be in more pain, or less
mobile than they currently would, to qualify.
But senior doctors say the policy is unfair on patients.
The patient continues to suffer and the NHS fails to help them.
It is not the first time local commissioning groups in England have
The three groups in Worcestershire have followed one in Shropshire
Vale of York and Harrogate have announced restrictions
on all surgery for some, unless they lose weight,
and another trend that's been seen is cuts in IVF treatment, including
in mid and North East Essex and South East Norfolk.
The finances in the NHS are constrained and demand is rising.
And so in that environment we have to make some difficult decisions
We have to prioritise services where patients
will get the most benefit, and we have to make
sure we get the best for the NHS pound in our area.
This comes at a time when there have been calls for a cross-party
and public debate on the future of the NHS in England.
The key question is, should the NHS continue
with the funding already allocated, even if it means possible
cuts to some services, or does it need new funding to bring
it in line with health spending in some other
The Welsh government said there were no financial
Scotland is investing more in specialist centres,
but around the UK, the debate on the best use of resources
A brief look at some of the day's other news stories.
The boss of a haulage firm and a mechanic have been jailed
for the manslaughter of four people who were killed when a tipper truck,
with faulty brakes, ran out of control and crashed
Matthew Gordon was jailed for seven years and Peter Wood for five years.
The victims included four-year-old Mitzi Steady.
British Airways cabin crew will stage a further six days
of industrial action next month, in a dispute over pay.
The strikes were announced by the Unite union.
It's urged BA to get to the negotiating table.
BA says they will have contingency plans in place.
And the government's spending watchdog has told the Ministry
of Defence that if it's to pay for new ships, aircraft
and vehicles, it needs to make almost ?6 billion in additional
The MoD says it's convinced its plan will deliver the best
Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket, has agreed to buy the country's
biggest food wholesaler, the Booker Group, in a deal
Booker supplies everything from baked beans to tea bags
to 700,000 corner shops, grocers, pubs and restaurants.
The two firms said the deal would create the UK's
leading food business, but it may need approval
Tesco already has the lion's share of what we spend
But what we put in our trollies is only half of the food we consume.
This fast-growing market is what Tesco wants a slice of.
You may not have heard of it but this wholesaler
supplies thousands of pubs, restaurants, caterers
Tesco says joining forces makes sense.
The UK population is passionate about its food, it's changing
the way that it wants to consume food at home, on the go.
It wants delivery, it wants a greater service,
and the combination of our businesses allows us to serve those
customers better than either of us can do individually on our own.
Tesco is already big, and with this deal it will become
an even more powerful force in the food industry.
And that might not be to everyone's's taste.
Booker does not know in these convenience stores but it
does own the brands, and it supplies the food
for the thousands of independent retailers who run them.
I think some independent retailers will be very concerned
about the idea of trading with a company that is ultimately
Others will say, we might be able to get better prices out of this,
better buying prices by the newly merged group which get passed
Either way, it is a big, bold move for Tesco but it
will likely face scrutiny from the competition
authorities before this deal reaches the checkout.
A report from the Church of England has agreed it should continue to
oppose gay marriage. Here is our religious affairs correspondent,
Martin Bashir. Two men are married
in an Anglican Church. But it's in the United States
and won't be happening here. After three years of so-called
shared conversations, the Church of England has asserted
that marriage can only be The Bishop behind today's report
says that while the doctrine of marriage remains the same,
the Church must change its tone. Our test is to uphold
the Gospel and the scriptures and the tradition as we have
received it but also to make sure
that this is a Church in which all lesbian and gay people,
who are made in the image and likeness of God,
like everyone else, are welcome But lesbian and gay members
of the Church have reacted accusing the bishops of doing
nothing to acknowledge the goodness or sanctity of lesbian,
gay, bisexual and and the gay community did so over
a three-year period and we were told in that process, privately,
if we did this, then we would see change and none of that
has been honoured. I think that's a failure
of leadership and a failure of duty. Conservative evangelicals, however,
have expressed relief that the bishops have upheld
the authority of scripture, against I want the Church to stand
with the teaching of Jesus and my understanding is Jesus taught
very clearly that sex is for marriage and marriage
is between a man and a woman. So, I want the Church
to continue to teach what Jesus taught on that issue,
to try and find ways of commending that lovingly
to the world around us. The publication of today's report,
while unequivocal on the subject In just over two weeks' time,
General Synod will convene and while the bishops have called
for a more respectful and considerate tone,
the debate is likely to be A member of Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow
Cabinet has stepped down in protest at his decision to force MPs to back
the bill triggering the formal Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo
Stevens said she believed leaving the EU was a "terrible
mistake" and that endorsing the bill It follows the resignation of
another senior Labour MP yesterday. Let's talk to Chris
Mason at Westminster. It is damaging. It is a problem.
Let's be clear, there are fissures in every party on every issue, but
this is a gaping chasm for Labour on the biggest issue of our time. The
crux of the problem is that most of the areas with a Labour MP voted out
in the referendum, but most Labour MPs voted to remain. So what do they
do? Some will decide they will back Jeremy Corbyn, they will back the
will of the people. Some will find something else to do. They will add
Stein. Others will decide that they have too defied Jeremy Corbyn. For
some, that is because their area did vote Remain and they want to reflect
that. For Jeremy Corbyn, he wants people to back the idea of the
Brexit, not least because there are by-elections next month in seats
that Labour want to cling to which backed exit themselves. But for some
Labour MPs this comes down to a point of principle. They say they
want to be on the right side of history, as they see it. Little
wonder that the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, is said by
some Labour MPs to deserve a second knighthood, because of the
management of the faces at the moment among his colleagues.
It's a film that tells the story of a young African-American coming
to terms with his sexuality, and it's received no less
Last season's awards were criticised for their lack of diversity.
But its writer and director, Barry Jenkins, insists the film
Moonlight tells the semi-autobiographical story
of director Barry Jenkins, a young boy growing up
in Miami with a crack cocaine addicted mother.
His own mother is now in rehab and is still one of the few
in his inner circle not have seen this film.
I don't know if she wants to see herself in that way.
A friend pointed out to me, "Oh, no, I think she probably just doesn't
want to see the main character, who is essentially you,
be taken through this rough life, because it might bring out
But I hope what she would see is the movie was not made out
of anything but tenderness and kindness towards her.
Why you didn't come home like you're supposed to?
This film comes at a time when the Oscars are
Over the last two years, the term "Oscars so white" followed
the awards because no one of colour had been nominated in any
Moonlight didn't come along actually to say anything actually
about anything but the characters in the film.
Like with "Oscars so white", it's being framed as a response,
And yet these movies have been in the pipeline
The voting panel for the Oscars changed last year.
They increased the number of women and people from ethnic minorities,
and the success of Moonlight shows there is a hunger for films
There's this myth that black films don't play overseas,
and yet here I am with Altitude releasing my all-black
It's releasing in France, in Germany, the Netherlands,
Barry was first shown the story in 2011.
He and author Tarell McCraney grew up in the same area and went
to the same primary school, and their success has given hope
to those living the life they've left behind.
There are kids back home who are watching this happen.
But I think the ceiling is raising for me.
People back home are seeing, the ceiling, maybe it was here.
"Now, I guess it's up here, because Barry Jenkins and Tarell
got nominated for eight Academy Awards, you know.
So if I win, I hope it will make people back home proud,
and that would be the most important thing to me.
Now it's time for the news where you are.