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Theresa May becomes the first overseas leader to hold face-to-face


PC leaders appear to be in step on major issues, including Nato and the


deep bond between our countries. A free and independent Britain is a


blessing to the world and relationship has never been


stronger. We are united in our recognition of Nato as the Bill work


of defence and today we have reaffirmed our unshakeable


commitment to this alliance. Detox also focused on trade and relations


with Russia. We will have all the details.


At the end of his first week as US president, Donald Trump has held his


first meeting with a foreign leader, hosting the British Prime Minister


Theresa May at the White House. The two talked for around an hour before


emerging to take questions from journalists, covering terrorism,


trade, Nato and Mexico. Theresa May was greeted by Donald Trump as she


arrived at the White House. The president then gave the Prime


Minister a tour of the White House. At one stage, Mr Trump took her hand


as they walked. Theresa May confirmed that the president has


accepted an invitation from the Queen free State visit to the UK


later this year. Their joint news conference was a chance for


journalists talk about wives been described both sides of the Atlantic


as a special relationship. The BBC's political editor was among the


journalists to ask a question. Prime Minister, you've talked


about where you agree, but you've also said you would be


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


you did disagree, and do you think the president listened


to what you have to say? You have said before


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


Muslims from coming to America. You have 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 the leader On the issue you raised with me,


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


and the president has That is the point of


having a conversation. We have been discussing


a number of topics. We will carry on meeting


after this press conference There will be issues


on which we disagree. The point of the special


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


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


that there are many issues on which the United Kingdom


and the United States stand alongside one another,


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


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


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


and the United States, but in the interests


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


been appointed secretary of defence, 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 the words a lot of people I don't necessarily agree,


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


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


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


easy, I will tell you. I have been open about that


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


and we are going to Some of what happened just a short


time ago. Our correspondent is at the White House for us. Just on a


couple of specifics on the question of torture. Very interesting there.


He seems to be ceding authority over this to the person who's going to


take charge. Is that a surprise? Well, he has been very much


supportive of the general who is the secretary of defence. He has always


spoken very positively about him and the general has made it pity clear


that he thinks torture or enhancement derogation techniques


are not the way to go. But as you heard there, Mr Trump still believes


it could work, but he will defer to the general. I have to say, I think


that will be a great relief to people here, as well as to people in


the UK that he is taking the journal so seriously, because the secretary


of defence is seen as a safe pair of hands, somebody very experienced who


has a lot of experience in terms of relationships with other armies and


other defence departments. Not only on the issue of torture, which was


important that Theresa May said something like that, given the


criticism of comments back home, but also in terms of the general


conversation he will have with the secretary of defence. To be talking


to Russian, German and French leaders tomorrow by only told. His


tone on Russia seemed a little different from what we have heard in


the past. Hugh was noncommittal. He said he wanted to have a good


relationship with valid Amir Putin. He put that into the context of


other countries. He said, I hope the get along. He said that sometimes he


thinks we will get along very well with somebody and when I meet them,


I don't make them at all and sometimes it is the verse. He was


also noncommittal about sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. You was asked


about reports circulating that he might sign the report lifting the


sanctions and he said it was very early to talk about that. He said he


might consider it, which is something that Theresa May will have


taken a tough, because Britain's position is that sanctions should


only be lifted when Russia needs his obligations in terms of the conflict


in Ukraine. What was the reaction to seeing the spread of images together


in this press conference? Have conferred legitimacy on each other?


They are both very new readers. -- leaders. The press conference went


there as far as can be expected from that point of view. There was a lot


of speculation about possibly awkward moments, but Mr Trump and


his reputation for being unpredictable and erratic. He might


embarrass her or say something and statesman-like. Was his first news


conference and visit with a foreign leader and it turns out that they


both seemed to handle it pretty well. He made a concerted effort to


rein in some of those instincts, to present himself in a more


professional way. It wasn't Bill Clinton and Tony Blair in terms of


US and British leaders having a conversation. They seem to hold


their own and that will have been noticed. Look I guess, he held her


hand. One of the major points that came out of this of course is Nato,


something that has been worrying many countries. Donald Trump has


previously questioned the role of the US in this organisation. Theresa


May seem to make it clear that she is confident of their commitment.


You said your 100% behind Nato, but we are also discussing the


importance of Nato continuing to fight terrorism and cyber warfare as


it is to fight more conventional forms of work. I've agreed to


continue my efforts to encourage fellow European leaders to deliver


on defence of the bridge and is more friendly shed. It is only by


investing properly in defence we can ensure we are properly equipped to


face our shared challenges together. Theresa May speaking for the


president there. The camera we had was not on his face, so I can see


whether he was not deny shaking his head. He didn't deny wishy stated


there. How crucial is that? Think I was pretty important. Britain and


its partners in the two are quite worried about his statements about


the alliance, that it is obsolete, that America might not be as


committed to it as it had been and is over how to state in that way"


him that he was 100% behind it, you are right, he didn't say the words


himself, but he did not refute her. It is an important signal. He said a


need to become more nimble in terms of more modern challenges like cyber


warfare and making sure people pay their bills and their defence


requirements for the alliance. Something he has stopped about a


lot. I would also say that if he's going to defer to the general in the


wake defer to him on the torture question, the general has been very


clear that America is completely committed to Nato and two of the


first three calls he made were to be head of Nato and the secretary of


Britain where he made that point. Perhaps it will be reassuring for


Britain. Because this is a slightly different Donald Trump that we have


seen, do you think you will be more presidential in a way? Think he was


making an effort to come across as more statesman-like, yes. The new US


president at his inauguration spoke just one week ago of putting America


first. Theresa May looking at Brexit, getting a good trade with


the US is a priority. Trade between our countries is


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


of the inward investment to the UK and together,


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


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


sharing military The president and I are ambitious


to build on this relationship in order to grow our respective


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


of the future for working people Are North American business


correspondent has been looking at the reaction to this. She is in New


York for us. We didn't get a huge amount of detail from either the


Prime Minister or the president. What has the reaction been? The kind


of line which used there is what people want here. -- language. The


UK still has to deal with Brexit, they have to disentangle themselves


from that. No real concrete action can be taken. The fact that we heard


Theresa May said the groundwork has started, is encouraging. You had


that same positive language coming from President Trump as well,


reiterating how important have a partner that the UK is and how


important they are in terms of establishing bilateral trade


agreements. Not like is in the conflict in the US position and


President Trump has taken a very protectionist line? Theresa May


needs a fast deal politically here. There is going to be very difficult,


because traders are notoriously complex. In some ways, it does work


in the way that President Trump has been talking about. He's very


against these big, multi-country trade deals. Things they'd TPP which


involve a dozen companiess countries, which is an agreement


with Canada, the United States and Mexico. What he wants to put forward


our bilateral trade deals. Trade deals with one individual country.


He believes that is a better way for the United States to get a trade


deal that is more beneficial with them, because really that is what


Donald Trump has set with these trade agreements, the United States


has not been able to get a very fair deal in his opinion. They have now


parted ways, but the US president has continued with my engagements


today. A short while ago, he arrived at the Pentagon, where he is


introducing his new secretary of defence, here we have been hearing


quite a lot about. The commander-in-chief police


interrogation techniques like water boarding can be effective. He has


said that he will allow the general to overwrite that view. That has


been a big change, because has been a big political row over his


statements on torture. Much more ahead on BBC world News. We will go


to Pennsylvania, with the tradition of welcoming refugees, to see what


the impact of his Executive order will be. The shuttle exploded soon


after that tough, there were seven astronauts on board. All of them are


believed to have been killed. By the evening, the heart of official Cairo


was in the hands of the demonstrators. They were using the


word revolution. Tonight the search for it survivors


has an increasing desperation about it as the hours pass. The new


Government is firmly in control of the Republic of Uganda. Moscow got


his first taste of Western Ferries food as McDonald's opened the


biggest restaurant. Hundreds of people queueing up today will not


find a cheap, with a big Mack costing half a day 's wages for the


average Russian. This is BBC world News today. The British by Minister


Theresa May has become the first world leader to visit the new US


President Donald Trump at the White House. The two leaders pay tribute


to the special relationship between our countries and reaffirmed their


commitment to the Nato alliance. Relations between Britain and the US


are comparatively easy perhaps compared with those of US and


Mexico. There could be progress there, too.


We had a talk that lasted for about an hour this morning,


and we are going to be working on a fair and new relationship.


But the United States cannot continue to lose vast


amounts of business, vast amounts of companies


and millions and millions of people losing their jobs.


We're no longer going to be the country that doesn't


So we are going to renegotiate our trade deals and we're


going to renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with Mexico.


In the end, I think it will be good for both countries.


There have been a number of developments since then. Talk


through the last couple of hours if you can, because after that press


conference, we had a statement from the Mexican Government. That is


correct. The past 48 hours have been a blur. They don't know where to


begin. I suppose the thing is that what stood out to me from the joint


statement from both sides were but they have agreed to at least not


publicly discuss the border issue, which is so controversial. At least


that is to one side and of the two diplomatic teams can begin to find


more common ground on these areas of trade, a cross-border migration,


security. Some of the other key issues they need to talk about in


which the wall has muddied the waters so much, the two men could


not sit down and hold a summit, which was scheduled for Tuesday.


That border tax question will carry through for many weeks and months


and we wait and see if the White House comes up with a more concrete


proposal. I gather you were there with a very interesting development.


Yes, I came dashing back from that just now and it was interesting. He


talked about Mexican unity a lot and about how he is not the Mexicans


unified around a single class in the 1985 earthquake that left many dead.


It's very interesting to have him compare this political and economic


earthquake on a similar scale. In terms of Donald Trump, you could


hear a degree of sympathy towards him. He was seen by Mexican


conditions in the United States are very favourable at the moment, which


echoes this line from Donald Trump and Mexico is taking advantage


somehow the United States. Nevertheless, Mr Slim and his basic


line was that he is there to support the Mexican people when it comes to


the relationship of the United States. But there's anyone who


outranks financially Donald Trump it is Carlos Slim. We'll have to leave


it there. Let's catch up with some other newsletter. The US vice


president has sold an anti-abortion rally in Washington that the tide is


no turning with the president. Both houses of Congress opposed to the


practice. Turkey has agreed to cancel you do with the European


Union on taking back migrants who cross over to Greece. The policy


decision by the Greek supreme court not to extra to date a group of


Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece. More international help as arrived


to help to refight the worst wildfire in modern history. Russia


has sent a supertanker aircraft capable of carrying tonnes of water.


One town has been destroyed by the police. Hundreds of millions of


people across Asia and around the world are celebrating the start of


the lunar New Year. The year of the Rooster officially began in China


several hours ago the celebrations running into the evening. Fireworks,


flowers, line dancing and lots of food are part of the celebrations


for many. This extraordinary week has seen Donald Trump breaking his


way to many of his campaign promises and is thought that another imminent


one is a crackdown on immigration. He is expected to sign an Executive


order restricting migrants from a number of countries in Africa and


the Middle East, where Islamist militants have sparked violent


conflict. He's also but be preparing to announce tighter limits on the


number of refugees that US taken. For more insight into what it is


like for it migrants in the years, we're been to Lancaster,


Pennsylvania. We were initially tied to welcome


refugees, because it is our heritage, that is how we started


this state. Consider Lancaster to be the best place in the world.


Mohammed and his wife and his four children arrived to Lancaster


Pennsylvania last July. We left Syria because it was unbearable and


we were not able to stay there. For long months we were not able to


sleep. Not than four months, he found a job in a supporting his


family and wife. A family of six can be self-sufficient within four to


six months. We're really happy about that. Refugees are like any other


human, looking for a better life friends and children. Education,


looking for jobs, just like any other person. How does it make you


feel that family, relatives, friends might not be able to come here?


Disappointed. We had hoped that we would reunite


again with the people that we know. Think a lot of people are nervous


with the aspect of terrorism and we have to be extremely careful and


that American citizens first and safety. That is the number one role


of the Government. With any problem, we have to stop the bleeding. Cut


off any refugees coming into this point, get a solution very quickly


and reinstate refugees coming back the country. From a faith


perspective, there is a moral obligation. Particularly talking


about women and children, to try to bring people out of harms way.


Well, there is much more on our website that the John presidency,


including a look back at the events of his first week in power. Just


time to bring you one last moment from his first news conference since


becoming president, one journalist took advantage of the opportunity to


ask him about the way his character comes over in public. Just listen to


this. Have you found anything in common


personally yet? We are not as brash as you might think. We're going to


get along very well. I'm a people person. I think you are also, to


reason. I can often tell how I'm going to get on with somebody very


early and I think we're going to have a fantastic relationship.


Donald Trump with Theresa May. Lots of pressure on many relationship.


Let me just bring you one development on the last few minutes


on all this. Donald Trump has been hosting his first foreign leader at


the White House, Theresa May. He is due to hold talks tomorrow on


Saturday, with other world leaders including Putin and speculation that


he plans to recent sanctions against Marks boot Moscow. He has said that


he opposes lifting any sanctions on Russia. Things are much for


watching. Thanks for joining me. We'll give


you a flavour of the weekends by the prospect in


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