Chuckles all round at Trump invite for Theresa May to stay onWorld | 4 Jun 2019 6:59 pm
US President Donald Trump today urged embattled Prime Minister Theresa May to “stick around” to complete a US-U.K. trade deal, adding to this recent chapter of uncertainty in the allies’ storied relationship.
The president, whose praise for May comes after spending days touting her possible successors, met with the prime minister and corporate executives from the United States and United Kingdom as part of a day of negotiations ahead of a news conference on Trump’s second day on British soil. The leaders’ top priority is a possible bilateral trade deal to take effect once — or if — the U.K. leaves the European Union.
May is leaving because she failed to secure a Brexit deal. On Friday, just days after Trump departs England, May will resign as head of the Conservative Party though remain as prime minister until her successor has been chosen. Trump has been sharply critical of May in the past but only had warm words for her Tuesday and urged her to stay to “get this deal done.”
“I think we’ll have a very, very substantial trade deal,” said Trump, extolling its virtues for both nations. “I think that this is something we both want to do ... we’re going to get it done.”
After Trump suggested May stay on, most in the room chuckled.-AP. Photos: AP/PA