Donald Trump '100% behind Nato', says Theresa May after meeting

Donald Trump is "100% behind Nato", Theresa May has said following their first meeting.

In the past, Mr Trump has described the organisation as "obsolete" and questioned the contribution of some members.

During a joint press conference:

  • Mrs May revealed the president had accepted an invitation to make a state visit to the UK later this year
  • Mr Trump hailed the "special relationship" between the two countries as "one of the great forces in history"
  • The president said he would allow decisions on torture to be made by his defence secretary James Mattis
  • And Mr Trump said Brexit would be a "wonderful thing" for the UK

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US President to sign order temporarily 'banning refugees'

The US president signed an executive order for increased border security on Wednesday. Credit: AP

President Donald Trump is on the verge of signing an executive order to temporarily halt refugees from some countries, according to a White House official.

The plan would involve refugees being denied visas from several Muslim-majority nations.

Mr Trump is expected to sign further executive orders relating to military readiness and national security on a visit to the Pentagon later on Friday, the official added.


May wants 'US guarantees against Russian aggression'

Theresa May wants US support for NATO Credit: PA

Theresa May will be looking for guarantees from Donald Trump that American won't "stand idly by" in the face of Russian aggression.

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston believes the Prime Minister hopes the US President will his signal support for NATO - rather than an intention to loosen sanctions against Russia.

Mr Trump has previously described NATO as "obsolete," and suggested he might be willing to drop sanctions imposed by Barack Obama.

Peston, who is in Washington, said of the upcoming meeting between Mrs May and Mr Trump: "She wants him to basically say he stands by the principle of NATO: That an attack on one member is an attack on all.

"This is particularly important when we see the confidence of Vladimir Putin, and his very clear aims of exerting greater influence over the countries of the former Soviet Union."

He added that there were "tremendous fears" in Baltic States about a future Russian invasion.

Russian embassy uses alternate rhyme to criticise May

The Russian Embassy in the UK criticised Theresa May's speech Credit: AP

Russia's UK embassy criticised a speech by Theresa May about Vladimir Putin - through rhyming poetry.

The embassy chided the Prime Minister after she called on US President Donald Trump to "beware of" the Russian leader.

In a speech delivered on Thursday, Mrs May urged Mr Trump to engage with the Kremlin "from a position of strength."

Her comments appeared to have irked the London-based Russian embassy, who tweeted their response in the form of ABAB poetry.

Russian Embassy, UK, wrote that they believed the Cold War to be "long dead."

Theresa May visits Arlington ahead of Trump meeting

Therea May at Arlington Cemetery Credit: APTN

Prime Minister Theresa May has laid a wreath in Arlington Cemetery to pay her respects to the US military dead.

Dressed in sombre black, the PM was greeted by troops representing all military units based in Washington, led by Major General Bradley Becker, commander of Joint Force Headquarters for the national capital region.

The Tomb of the Unknowns at the Virginia cemetery holds the remains of unidentified US troops from the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean conflict.

More than 400,000 US troops killed in conflicts from the Civil War to the ongoing War on Terror are laid to rest at Arlington.

Among them are a number of British troops who died fighting alongside US forces.

She will meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House at 5pm (UK time).


PM: UK and US have responsibility for the World

  • Video report by ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore

The Prime Minster called on the US to renew its "special relationship" with the UK, evoking the memory of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan as she addressed congressmen from the Republican Party.

Mrs May received several standing ovations during her speech in Philadelphia, a day before her historic meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday.

She said the two countries had a "responsibility" to offer leadership to the world, condemned the "malign influence" of Iran, vowed to fight the so-called Islamic State and promised to "stand up" to the security of Israel.

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