July 13, 2018 / 8:23 AM / 2 months ago

May and Trump will have positive trade discussion - Hammond

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump will have a positive discussion on future trade ties, despite the latter’s criticism of May’s Brexit plan, Chancellor Philip Hammond said on Friday.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street in London, Britain, July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Trump directly criticised May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of their meeting, saying it probably killed off hope of a U.S.-UK trade deal.

“The president hasn’t yet had a chance to discuss with the prime minister the white paper, which was after all only published yesterday, and I know she’s looking forward to the opportunity to discuss with the president how we can take forward the big opportunities for increasing trade and investment between the UK and the United States that she mentioned last night during the dinner at Blenheim,” Hammond told reporters before a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels.

“I saw that the president was nodding furiously last night as she was speaking last night and I’m sure there will be a very positive discussion between them today,” he said.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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