A day after a closely watched meeting with President Vladimir V Putin
of Russia, President Trump
on Saturday said he was working with Prime Minister Theresa May
of Britain on a date to visit London, after the two held what he called “tremendous talks” on trade.
“Nothing’s easy,” Trump
said of the gathering on Saturday as he complimented its host, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who has been toiling to bridge the gap between the United States and other nations, for handling the challenge “so professionally.”
abhors multilateral trade agreements, he is enthusiastic about the bilateral sort. He said that he and the British prime minister had developed a “very special” relationship and were at work on “a very powerful” trade agreement
that could be completed “very, very quickly.”
It is not clear what the president meant about the timing, since the two sides cannot complete such an agreement until after Britain leaves the European Union, in March 2019 at the soonest, most experts say.
Amid speculation about whether Trump
would visit London, since Mayor Sadiq Khan has asked him to stay away and there has been concern about huge protests should he appear, the president confirmed he still planned to visit.
“I will be going to London,” he told reporters.
Further details on the timing and circumstances of the visit were not immediately available. The White House and Downing Street had earlier dismissed news reports that Trump
was considering a quick visit to Britain on his way back to the United States from the G20
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