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I am honoured to have Prime Minister Theresa May here for our first

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official visit from a foreign leader. This is our first visit. So,

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a great honour. The special relationship

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between our two countries has been one of the great forces in history,

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for justice and for peace. And by the way, my mother

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was born in Scotland, Stornoway, which is

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serious Scotland. Today, the United States

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renews our deep bond with Britain, military, financial,

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cultural and political. We pledge our lasting support

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to this most special relationship. Together, America and

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the United Kingdom are a beacon That is why the United States

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respects the sovereignty of the British people

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and their right of A free and independent Britain

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is a blessing to the world and our relationship has

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never been stronger. Both America and Britain understand

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that governments must be responsive to everyday working people,

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that governments must Madam Prime Minister,

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we look forward to working closely with you as we strengthen our mutual

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ties and commerce, business Great days lie ahead for our two

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peoples and our two countries. On behalf of our nation, I thank

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you for joining us here today. Can I start by saying that I am

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so pleased that I have been able to be here today and thank

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you for inviting me so soon I'm delighted to be able

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to congratulate you on what was As you say, the invitation

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is an indication of the strength and importance of the special

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relationship that exists between our two countries,

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a relationship based on the bonds of history, family, kinship

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and common interests. In a further sign of the importance

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of that relationship, I have today been able

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to convey Her Majesty the Queen's hope that President Trump

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and the First Lady would pay a state visit to the United Kingdom

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later this year, and I'm delighted that the president has

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accepted that invitation. Today, we are discussing

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a number of topics, The president has

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mentioned foreign policy. We are discussing how we can work

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closely together to take on and defeat Daesh and the ideology

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of Islamist extremism Our two nations are already

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leading efforts to face up to this challenge,

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and we are making progress with Daesh losing territory

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and fighters, but we need Today we are discussing how we can

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do this by deepening intelligent Today we are discussing how we can

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do this by deepening intelligence and security cooperation

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and by stepping up our efforts We know we will not eradicate this

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threat until we defeat the ideology I am sure we will discuss other

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topics, Syria and Russia. On defence and security cooperation,

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we are united in our recognition of Nato as the bulwark

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of our collective defence. Today, we have reaffirmed our

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unshakeable commitment Mr President, you confirmed that

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you are 100% behind Nato. But we are also discussing

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the importance of Nato continuing to ensure it is as equipped to fight

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terrorism and cyber warfare as it is to fight more

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conventional forms of war. I have agreed to continue my efforts

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to encourage my fellow European leaders to deliver

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on their commitments to spend 2% of their GDP

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on defence so that the burden It is only by investing properly

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in our defence that we can ensure we are properly equipped

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to face our shared Finally, the President and I have

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mentioned future economic Trade between our countries is

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already worth ?150 billion a year. The US is the single biggest source

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of inward investment to the UK and, together,

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we have around $1 trillion invested The UK-US defence relationship

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is the broadest, deepest and most advanced of any two countries

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sharing military The President and I are ambitious

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to build on this relationship in order to grow our respective

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economies, provide the high skilled, high-paid jobs of the future

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for working people across America So we are discussing how

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we can establish trade negotiation agreements,

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take forward immediate high-level talks, lay the groundwork

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for a UK-US trade agreement and identify the steps we can take

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now to enable companies in both countries to do business with one

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another more easily. I am convinced that a trade deal

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between the US and the UK is in the national interest of both

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countries and will cement the crucial relationship

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that exists between us, particularly as the UK

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leaves the European Union Today's talks are a significant

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moment for President Trump and I to build our relationship

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and I look forward to continuing to work with you as we deliver

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on the promises of freedom and prosperity for all the people

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of our respective countries. You will be speaking tomorrow

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with the Russian president. What message would you

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like to convey to him? How close are you to lifting some

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of the sanctions imposed on Russia over its Ukraine incursion,

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what would you expect in return and Prime Minister May,

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do you foresee any changes in British attitudes

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towards sanctions on Russia? Well, I hear a call

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was set up and we will see We look to have a great

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relationship with all countries, ideally, but that

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will not necessarily happen. Unfortunately, it probably will not

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happen with many countries, but if we can have, as we do

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with Prime Minister May and the relationship

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we have developed and even that we have just developed

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by being with each other, having lunch, we have had some

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interesting talks and very But if we can have a great

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relationship with Russia and with China and with all

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countries, I am all for that. No guarantees, but if we can,

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that would be a positive. As far as the UK is concerned

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on sanctions for Russia in relation to their activities in Ukraine,

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we have been clear that we want to see the Minsk Agreement

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fully incremented. We believe the sanctions should

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continue until we see that agreement fully implemented and we have been

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continuing to argue that Prime Minister, you have talked

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about where you agree, but you have also said you would be

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frank where you disagree Can you tell us where in our talks

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you did disagree, and do you think the President listened

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to what you have to say? You have said before

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that torture works. You have said you want to ban some

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Muslims from coming to America. You have suggested there should be

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punishment for abortion. For many people in Britain,

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those sound like alarming beliefs. What do you say to our viewers

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at home who are worried about some of your views and worried

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about you becoming the leader On the issue you raised with me,

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Laura, can I confirm that I have been listening to the President

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and the President has been listening to me, that is the point

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of having a conversation. We have been discussing

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a number of topics. We will carry on meeting

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after this press conference There will be issues

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on which we disagree. The point of the special

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relationship is that we are able to have that open and frank

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discussion so that we can make that But I am clear also

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that there are many issues on which the United Kingdom

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and the United States stand alongside one another,

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many issues on which we agree. As I said in my speech,

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I think we are at a moment when we can build an even stronger

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special relationship which will be in the interests not just of the UK

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and the United States, but in the interests

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of the wider world as well. We have a great general who has just

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been appointed secretary of defence, He has stated publicly that he does

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not necessarily believe in torture, or waterboarding or however

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you want to define it, enhanced interrogation, I guess,

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would be the words a lot of people I don't necessarily agree,

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but I would tell you that he will override because I am

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giving him that power. He is the generals' general,

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got through the Senate very quickly, which in this country is not easy,

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I will tell you. I have been open about that

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for a long period of time, but I am going with our leaders

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and we are going to As far as Putin and Russia, I don't

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say good, bad or indifferent. I hope we have a fantastic

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relationship. That is possible, and it is also

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possible that we won't. I will be representing

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the American people very And if we have a great relationship

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with Russia and other countries and if we go after Isis together,

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which has to be stopped, that is an evil that has to be

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stopped, I will consider that a good How the relationship works out,

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I won't be able to tell until later. I have had many times

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where I thought I would get along with people and I don't

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like them at all. And I have had some where I didn't

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think I was going to have much of a relationship,

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and it turned out to be So, Theresa, we never know

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about those things, do we? But I will be representing

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the American people very strongly. Mr President, thank

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you and Madam Prime Minister. It is my understanding that you had

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an hour-long phone call this morning with president

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Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico. Could we get an update

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on where the relationship is? Further to that, what do you say

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to critics who claim you have already soured a relationship

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with a very important US ally? And Madam Prime Minister,

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are you concerned about the state of relations between

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the United States and Mexico? I think the Prime Minister has other

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things she is much more worried about than Mexico

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and the United States' relationship. But I will say that we

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had a very good call. But as you know, Mexico,

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with the United States, has out-negotiated us and beat us

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to a pulp through our past leaders. We have a trade deficit

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of $60 billion with Mexico. On top of that, the border

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is soft and weak. Drugs are pouring in, and I am not

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going to let that happen. General Kelly is going

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to do a fantastic job We have a very good relationship,

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the President and I. We had a talk that lasted

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for about an hour this morning, and we are going to be working

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on a fair and new relationship. But the United States cannot

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continue to lose vast amounts of business,

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vast amounts of companies and millions of people

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losing their jobs. We are no longer going to be

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the country that doesn't So we are going to renegotiate our

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trade deals and we are going to renegotiate other aspects

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of our relationship with Mexico. In the end, I think it will be

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good for both countries. I think you will hear that

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from the President and I think you will hear that from the people

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of Mexico that represent him. I look forward to, over the coming

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months, we will be negotiating But I am representing the people

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of the United States and I am going to represent them as somebody

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should represent them, not how they have been represented

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in the past where we lose As the President has

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said, the relationship with the United States and Mexico

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is a matter for the Mr President, you said you would

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help us with a Brexit trade deal. You said you would stand by us

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with Nato, but how can the British You have been known in the past

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to change your position on things. May I ask this question

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to both of you, people are fascinated to know how

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you will get on with each other. You are so different,

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the hard-working vicar's daughter, Have you found anything

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in common personally yet? I am actually not as brash

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as you might think. And I can tell you that I think

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we are going to get along well. It is interesting,

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because I am a people person. I can often tell how I will get

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along with somebody very early, and I believe we are going

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to have a fantastic relationship. And I don't change my

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position very much. If you go back and look,

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my position on trade has been solid for many years since I was a young

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person, talking about how we were getting ripped off

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by the rest of the world. I never knew I would be in this

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position where we can But we will be talking

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to your folks about Brexit. Brexit was an example

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of what was to come, and I happened to be in Scotland,

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at Turnberry, cutting a ribbon And we had a vast

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amount of press there. And I was scorned in the press

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for making that prediction. I said, I believe it is going

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to happen because people want to know who is coming

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into their country and they want to control their own trade

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and various other things. And lo and behold,

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the following day, it happened. And the odds were not looking good

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for me when I made that statement because, as you know,

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everybody thought it I think Brexit is going to be

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a wonderful thing for your country. When it's ironed out,

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you will have your own identity and you will have the people

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you want in your country and you will be able to have free

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trade deals without somebody I had something in another country,

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and getting the approvals Getting the approvals

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from the country was fast, Getting the approvals

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from the group, I call them the consortium,

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was very tough. But I think Brexit will end up

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being a fantastic thing It will be a tremendous asset,

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not a tremendous liability. On the question you asked me, Tom,

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as the President himself has said, we have already struck up

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a good relationship. I think if you look at the approach

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we are both taking, one of the things we have in common

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is that we want to put the interests of ordinary working people

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rightat the centre stage. Those people who are working

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all the hours, doing their best for their families and sometimes

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feel the odds are stacked against them, it is that interest

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in ensuring that what we do, our economies and governments

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actually work for ordinary working people, work for everyone

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in our countries. That was the press conference in its

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entirety. Chris Mason is here. We have a lot of the usual phrases,

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great days lie ahead for our two people, a deep bond, we were

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expecting that. Theresa May said, of America, that they are 100% behind

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Nato, and we were not expecting that? That really left out from what

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we heard from the Prime Minister. She didn't have to say that. It is

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clear she was very clear to ram home publicly that one of their

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conversations in private was a commitment to Nato. President Trump

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said repeatedly on the campaign trail that he said that the north

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Atlantic alliance is obsolete, a word he has used, and in particular

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he is very concerned about the funding formula. He thinks America

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has to bail out other countries that don't pay enough into the pot. The

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UK has long maintained that it meets the Nato spending commitment on

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defence, as does the United States, but a good number of other members

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don't. The Prime Minister has acknowledged it is understandable,

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on that basis, that there might be a difference. There was clearly

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concerned from her and from loads of British politicians that if America

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were to go soft on the idea of Nato, the very existence of the Alliance

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would be called into question. At a time when President Putin had been

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flexing his muscles with the eyes Asian of Crimea and the fear from

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some of the -- with the annexation of Crimea, and the fear from the

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Baltic states, it was interesting that the Prime Minister wanted to

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publicly pen his colours to the mast. We did know if that was a

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surprise, or if it was something they had agreed that she should say.

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I am actually very confident that President Trump and the

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administration, they are strongly committed to the transatlantic bond.

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They see a strong Nato is not only good for Europe, but good for the

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United States. Two world wars and a Cold War have taught us that

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stability in Europe is important for the United States. They know the

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only time that Nato has invoked, Article five, the defence clause,

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was after an attack on the United States, and hundreds of thousands of

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soldiers, including money from United Kingdom, have been fighting

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in Afghanistan in an operation that was a direct response to an attack

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on the United States. In the United States, they know that Nato is

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important. Making it really quite clear, his opinion. Moving into

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other aspects of the press conference, one thing that came out

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was that there is to be a state visit, that the Queen has invited

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Donald Trump. We know he is an Anglophile and a supporter of the

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Royal family. It would be a big deal to him? A huge amount, there has

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been a sense in Whitehall, the Foreign Office and amongst

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diplomats, as soon as they knew it would be Donald Trump as President,

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a terrific card Britain could play was to tap into his Anglophile

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history, the fact his mother was born on the Isle of Lewis, he was in

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Scotland the day before the referendum, and his mum was a real

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royalist. He has talked in the past about how she would regularly

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reflect on her love for the Queen, even though she spent a good number

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of decades of her life living in the United States. To give him the

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chance to meet the Queen, be looked after and hosted by the Queen, stay

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in Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, it is a tremendous thing for

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the UK to be able to offer the President. We expect that was going

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to come, but we got confirmation that the invitation has been sent,

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Theresa May carried it over the Atlantic, the President has

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accepted. That is going to happen later this year. It would be an

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extraordinarily colourful moment. I guess it is one with controversy as

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well. Those that think that President Trump is great will point

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to loads in this news conference which they think proves that, in

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terms of the strengthening UK- US relationship. Those that do not like

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him will no doubt have plenty of opportunity, during the state visit,

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to make their views very well-known. That will be quite a spectacle, when

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it happens. A lot of journalists are posting about what their opinion

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this press release. From the Guardian, saying perhaps Donald

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Trump was acting, and his tone was quite restrained, he perhaps was not

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as gung ho, clock sure as he normally is? Yes, he was pretty

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calmly spoken. We are so used to shots of him on the campaign trail.

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He is almost shaking the lectern, shouting, it is a very particular

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style of tub thumping rhetoric. It was quietly spoken. He was

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attempting to be that bit more reflective. He took a question where

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it was suggested he was quite bombastic, he said he was not.

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Occasionally he would get flashes of the campaign Trump. He had a bit of

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a pop, half joke, half not joke, Laura Kuenssberg, when she asked

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pointed questions about his views on torture. Why publicly said to

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Theresa May, you asked for her to ask the question, you answer it!

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It is an insight into how he has a frosty relationship with the media

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and is open to saying it publicly. He made a virtue of it on the

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campaign trail. What about the body language? I know neither of us are

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experts, but you can't help not look at it. Here is a sequence when they

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were walking to the White House. He grabs her hand. Who removes whose

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hand? Those pillars have a lot to answer for. We don't know if it was

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a proactive Theresa May or Donald Trump, I guess he was trying to be

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courteous as she made her way along the rather posh gangway. It is

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inevitable that we focus on the human relationship in the first

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meetings. It is difficult. Think of it from their perspective, they are

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both new in office. This is the first time President Trump has had a

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foreign leader visiting. He has only been there a matter of days and it

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is the first time the Prime Minister has been to Washington since she

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took on the job. You are bound to be nervous and probably wouldn't. I

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