"The prime minister and myself have had a really great relationship, although some people don't necessarily believe that," CNBC
quotes President Trump as saying Thursday in Switzerland. "There's a little bit of a false rumor out there, so I just wanted to correct it, frankly." The day before Trump met with Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bloomberg
published a report about the newly dysfunctional nature of the "special relationship." Officials say Trump awkwardly holding the British prime minister's hand during their first meeting in January 2017 was actually the "high point" of their relationship. They say Trump has informed May—incorrectly—of Islamic extremists creating "no-go areas" in her country and consistently interrupts her to deliver one-sided speeches when they talk on the phone.
The Bloomberg story could explain why Trump appeared committed to pumping up his relationship with May during their meeting Thursday. "I have great respect for everything you're doing," Trump told her. "We love your country. We think it's truly great." Trump added that they "liked each other a lot," are "joined at the hip" in terms of military defense, and are, in fact, "on the same wavelength in, I think, in every respect," USA Today reports. May was less effusive toward the US president: "We're facing the same challenges across the world and, as you say, we're working together to defeat those challenges and to meet them."