LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump will turn from pageantry to policy Tuesday as he joins British Prime Minister Theresa May for a day of talks likely to highlight fresh uncertainty in the allies’ storied relationship.
Trump told May that she should “stick around” so that the U.S. and Britain can do a trade deal.
The two are meeting in London, just days before May is to step down as party leader Friday, setting in motion a race to succeed her as prime minister.
The leaders’ top priority is a possible bilateral trade deal to take effect once the U.K. leaves the European Union.
Before their meeting with business leaders, May said the two nations’ business relationship can be enlarged and a trade deal can be fair for both sides.
Trump told May: “Let’s do this deal.”
The two leaders have sharply differing views on issues including Iran, Brexit and Chinese telecoms firm Huawei. Trump has already criticized May’s handling of Brexit and said her rival, Boris Johnson, would make an “excellent” prime minister.
Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Oct. 31 unless both sides agree to an extension.
The meeting with business leaders at St. James’s Palace brings together nearly a dozen 10 leading companies from the UK and the United States.
Just up the street, leaders of Britain’s political opposition will be joining demonstrators. They are inflating a blimp depicting Trump as a giant screaming baby to protest his visit.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and senior lawmakers from his left-of-center party will be among thousands of demonstrators expressing noisy opposition to Trump’s visit on the streets of London.
Emily Thornberry, Labour’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, said Trump is “a sexual predator” and a racist and does not deserve the honor of a state visit.