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May to sell Trump 'special relationship'

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 01:12

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, becoming the first world leader to meet him since he took office. But British politicians have expressed concerns at the type of ties that might be forged. Jacob Greaves reports.

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A special relationship for 'a new age' British Prime Minister Theresa May is on her way to White House, that message in tow. But from all sides of the UK's political spectrum there's baggage. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT - LABOUR, ED MILIBAND, SAYING: "That she will say to the President that he must abide by and not withdraw from the climate change treaty." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT - CONSERVATIVE, ANDREW TYRIE: "Will the Prime Minister make clear that in no circumstances will she permit Britain to be dragged into facilitating that torture as we were after September 11th." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT - SNP, ANGUS ROBERTSON: "Will the Prime Minister tell President Trump that she is not prepared to lower our food and safety standards or to open health systems for privatisations." That's not to mention potential differences over NATO. On Friday Theresa May will become the first global leader to hold face-to-face talks with Trump. A U.S.-U.K. trade deal would undoubtedly be a boost for May. But even some in her own party are asking what a deal might cost. For her part May says she will be frank with the new president- and 'put Britain first'. The problem might be that Trump has risen to power on a promise to do exactly the same for America.

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May to sell Trump 'special relationship'

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 01:12