Donald Trump said he has “tremendous respect” for the UK Prime Minister Theresa May when the two leaders met at the economic forum in Davos on Thursday amid rumours of a rift in the so-called “special relationship.”
“We are on the same wavelength in I think every respect,” Donald Trump said in front of cameras after a bilateral meeting.
“I have tremendous respect for the Prime Minister,” he continued. “There are people who do not believe it, but I can tell you that I have tremendous respect for the Prime Minister and the work that she does,” said Trump, who arrived at the Swiss ski resort earlier on Thursday.
“We had a great discussion.” Theresa May said, adding that “the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States remains excellent.”
Despite the warm words in front of the cameras there have been a number of occasions since Donald Trump came to power that the transatlantic relationship has looked strained.
These have included Trump’s attacks on the mayor of London after the city was hit by terrorist attacks and his tweeting of video by the racist far-right group, Britain First.
More recently, the president pulled out of a planned trip to London to inaugurate the new US embassy citing high cost of and the “off” location of the building. London Mayor Sadiq Khan however said that the real reason behind Trump cancelling the trip was because he had gotten the message that he was not welcome in the city.
The president said he looked forward to a “tremendous increase in trade between the two countries” in the coming years.