Trump meets May

US president Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have met in Davos at the annual World Economic Forum.

BBC: President Trump predicts ‘tremendous increase’ in UK-US trade

In a series of warm exchanges in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump also told the UK PM: “We love your country.”

He also rejected “false rumours” of differences, saying that the two leaders “like each other a lot”.

The two leaders met in Davos, at the World Economic Forum, with post-Brexit trade relations between the two countries high on the agenda.

Mr Trump said: “One thing that will be taking place over a number of years will be trade. Trade is going to increase many times.

Typical exaggeration from Trump, although ‘increase many times’ is also typically vague.

“I look forward to that… the discussions… that will be taking place are going to lead to tremendous increases in trade between our two countries which is great for both in terms of jobs. We look forward to that and we are starting that process, pretty much as we speak.”

He added the US would be “there to fight for you – you know that” and the two were “joined at the hip when it comes to the military”.

Mrs May replied that the “really special relationship” between the UK and US continued and they stood “shoulder to shoulder because we are facing the same challenges across the world”.

“Alongside that working for a good trade relationship for the future which will be for both our benefits, so the UK and the US both do well out of this – and it’s been great to see you today.”

It will be interesting to see how trade works out between the US under Trump and the UK given Trump’s other moves on trade.

Trump withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA (with Canada and Mexico) looks shaky, and the US has just slapped high tariffs on solar panels and washing machines – see Job creator, or job killer? Trump angers solar installers with panel tariff and US tariff on solar panels is ‘job destroyer,’ says Joseph Stiglitz

May and the UK have good cause to be wary of trade deals with Trump.

3 Comments

  1. David

     /  January 26, 2018

    I wouldnt underestimate Trump on the economic front its an area where he has had great success and when the UK escape the anti trade EU rules there is great potential, the US is the UKs biggest partner already. Even Tim Cook of Apple and Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase are saying good things about Trump and they are both hard core Democrats, Cook is investing 350 billion in the US and has largely credited the tax reform and friendly business environment.
    Trump is a business man and he always see,s opportunities where everyone else seems to be looking to see if he says something boorish, drinks his water funnily or some other triviality .

  2. Corky

     /  January 26, 2018

    The media only had eyes for Trumpy. He is where it’s at. Other leaders are like Obama….walking, talking,do nothing mediocre prats.

    President Trumpy will concede on Dreamers provided he gets money for the wall, and the immigrant lottery is scrapped. Damn, that’s driving a hard bargain for Liberals. Trumpy has them by the short and curlies ( hopefully).