Trump Holds 1st Presidential Meeting With Foreign Leader
He gave a joint press conference with UK PM Theresa May on Friday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2017 2:25 PM CST
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump had his first meeting with a foreign leader since taking office Friday when he held a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Wall Street Journal. The main goal of the meeting was to start setting up a trade deal between the two countries that would take effect when the UK leaves the EU. (Trump called Brexit a "fantastic thing" for the UK.) Trump highlighted the "special relationship" between the US and UK, and May said she wanted to make that relationship "even stronger." According to CNN, May said that while the UK won't always agree with the US, the two countries will have an "open and frank discussion" about the issues.

Some of those disagreements were already apparent during Friday's press conference. May reiterated her support for sanctions on Russia, and while Trump said it was too early to talk about lifting sanctions, he said he hopes to have as good a relationship with that country as the US has with the UK. And the BBC reports May said Trump told her he was "100% behind NATO," an organization he has repeatedly derided as obsolete. May and Trump will apparently meet again later this year; May said the president has accepted an invitation for a state visit to the UK from Queen Elizabeth.

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