British prime minister to visit Donald Trump in spring

6 Jan,London: British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Donald Trump this spring, following his inauguration as US president, Downing Street has announced.

May’s joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill travelled to the US last month to meet Trump’s team.

“This was part of a process leading towards the PM’s first visit with President-elect Trump,” a Downing Street spokesman told AFP yesterday.

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“During the second phone call with President-elect Trump, the prime minister suggested it would be a good idea for key staff from both teams to meet. President-elect Trump agreed this would be useful.”

May had previously spoken to Trump following his election in November, during which he invited her to visit “as soon as possible”.

The prime minister’s office said the visit was secured following her aides’ meeting Trump’s team.

“We are pleased to have been able to make that happen and the prime minister looks forward to visiting the new president in the spring,” the spokesman said.

The British government would not confirm a date for the visit, which Sky News reported as scheduled for February.

Trump is due to be sworn in as US president on January 20. AFP

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