June 8, 2018 / 4:16 PM / in 4 months

UK, U.S. are good friends despite trade row - PM May

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - Britain and the United States remain good friends who can talk frankly with each other when they disagree, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday ahead of a Group of Seven summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May participate in the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

“The United States and the United Kingdom are good friends. President Trump and I work together,” May told Channel 4 News. She cited cooperation in response to chemical weapons use in Britain and Syria.

“Yes, sometimes we disagree on issues but when we disagree because of the nature of our relationship we’re able to have that frank and open discussion.”

Washington’s partners in the G7 have been reeling since President Donald Trump’s administration moved last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the EU and Mexico, prompting retaliation and raising the spectre of a global trade war.

Reporting by William James; Editing by Susan Thomas

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