WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denied Thursday that the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the UK has been frayed since he took office.
“There was a little bit of a false rumor out there, I just wanted to correct it,” Trump told UK Prime Minister Theresa May amid a bilateral meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “We have great respect for everything you’re doing and we love your country. We think you’re doing great.”
“I have tremendous respect for the prime minister and the job she’s doing. And I think the feeling is mutual from the standpoint of liking each other a lot,” Trump added.
Trump recently announced that he would be canceling a planned state visit to the UK partially focused on opening up the new U.S. embassy in the country, stating that he was unhappy with the price for which the Obama administration sold the original embassy.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested that the actual reason was expectations that the president would face fierce protests on-the-ground.
May and Trump previously clashed in November after the president retweeted misleading, anti-Muslim videos initially shared by a far right politician.
The primeminister condemned the tweets, saying it was “the wrong thing to do.”
In response, Trump replied on Twitter that May should instead “focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom.”
During their remarks Thursday, May similarly tried to emphasize their special relationship.
“We face the same challenges across the world, and as you say we’re willing to go and to defeat those challenges and meet them,” May said.
Trump said the two leaders would discuss his potential state visit to the UK as reporters were lead out of the room.