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Donald Trump offers 'support' to Theresa May after polls setback

May's gamble of calling snap polls backfired after British electorate delivered a hung Parliament

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the press in Downing street, London (Photo: AP/PTI)
British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the press in Downing street, London (Photo: AP/PTI)

US President has told British Prime Minister that he looks forward to working with her in strengthening the bilateral ties after she decided to form a minority following snap polls.

"emphasised his commitment to the United States-United Kingdom special relationship and underscored that he looks forward to working with the Prime Minister on shared goals and interests in the years to come," the said in a statement on the telephonic conversation between the two leaders.


Trump offered his warm support to May over the just- concluded parliamentary election, it said.

May's gamble of calling snap polls backfired after the British electorate delivered a hung Parliament, forcing her to seek the support of a small Northern Irish party for staying in power, as the country braces for hard Brexit talks.

With declared for all of the 650 seats of British Parliament, the Conservatives won 318 while the opposition Labour secured 262, leaving neither party anywhere close to the 326 seats required for an overall majority.

May, jolted by the electoral setback, however, remained defiant to calls for her resignation and vowed to form a minority with the informal backing of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

First Published: Sat, June 10 2017. 13:41 IST
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