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May and Trump re-affirm UK-US special relationship

Theresa May congratulated Mr Trump on his election victory Credit: PA

US President-elect Donald Trump invited Theresa May to visit "as soon as possible" as they held their first talks by telephone on Thursday afternoon.

During the call, Mrs May congratulated Mr Trump on his election victory and they also spoke about the "special" UK-US relationship.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "President-elect Trump set out his close and personal connections with, and warmth for, the UK. He said he was confident that the special relationship would go from strength to strength."

Mrs May also expressed her commitment to strengthening bilateral trade and investment with the United States as Britain leaves the European Union, the spokesman added.

The call came ahead of Mr Trump's meeting with Barack Obama at the White House to discuss the handover process.

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'We reject the President-elect': Protests across US cities

  • Video report by ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore

Angry protests have been taking place in some US cities across America against Donald Trump's election as the next president.

In Manhattan, demonstrators gathered outside Trump Tower to voice their discontent, with cries of "We reject the President-elect".

There were also protests in Oakland in California, Chicago, and Washington DC.

Anti-Trump protests take place in Oakland, California

Thousands of people took to the streets in protest in Oakland, California. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of people protesting Donald Trump's election as US president have taken to the streets in Oakland, California.

Crowds gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland on Wednesday afternoon and demonstrated late into the night.

A woman holds an effigy of President-elect Donald Trump during the protest. Credit: Reuters

Some protesters set fires alight on the city's streets.

Meanwhile officers in riot gear blocked the protesters from marching on to the nearby Interstate 90.

Some fires were set alight on the city's streets. Credit: Reuters

Juncker: Trump needs to clarify stance on key issues

Jean-Claude Juncker is keen for Donald Trump to outline his intentions on key issues. Credit: Reuters

The European Commission President has said he hopes US President-elect Donald Trump will outline his position on key issues such as trade, relations with Nato and climate change "in the next few months".

"We would like to know how things will proceed with global trade policy," Jean-Claude Juncker said at a business event in Berlin.

"We would like to know what intentions he has regarding the (Nato) alliance. We must know what climate policies he intends to pursue. This must be cleared up in the next few months."

Mr Juncker also said he did not expect the trade deal between the US and the European Union, currently being negotiated, to be done within the next two years.

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