Will Trump find time to see Boris and Nigel Farage? US president snubs May as No10 admits they WON’T have one-on-one talks during his visit
- Donald Trump has arrived in the UK for his long-awaited three-day state visit
- The US president will hold talks with Theresa May in Downing Street tomorrow
- But the leaders will not have any time for a one-on-one discussion as expected
Donald Trump and Theresa May (pictured at church in Maidenhead with husband Philip yesterday) will not have one-on-one talks during his state visit
Donald Trump and Theresa May will not have one-on-one talks during his state visit, it emerged today – in an apparent snub to the outgoing PM.
The US president and Mrs May will meet along with ministers and senior officials in Downing Street tomorrow.
But they do not have any time scheduled alone, even though Mr Trump is hoping to see Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage during his three-day trip.
Sources close to Mr Johnson suggested the encounter would ‘probably’ happen.
The PM’s spokesman tried to play down the oversight, claiming the arrangements were normal for this kind of visit. Mr Trump and Mrs will also go on a tour of the Churchill War Rooms together, where Winston Churchill helped mastermind the Second World War effort.
However, the lack of any one-on-one engagement will fuel the impression that Mr Trump’s attention has already shifted to who comes after Mrs May.
The PM’s spokesman said it was ‘always going to be the case’ that the meeting in the Cabinet Room tomorrow would involve other ministers and delegations.
‘These are always how the discussions take place with any leader,’ the spokesman said, adding there was ‘nothing unusual here’.
No10 insisted the two leaders would have time for informal private talks during Mr Trump’s visit.
‘You can see the events they are at, you can see the fact she is providing him with a tour of the Churchill War Rooms, I would expect them to be having discussions with just the two of them.’
The spokesman also refused to be drawn on Mrs May’s response to Mr Trump’s pre-visit interviews criticising her Brexit policy, backing Boris Johnson and praising Nigel Farage.
‘The president was asked a series of questions and he chose to answer them,’ the spokesman said.
The US president, pictured arriving with First Lady Melania today, and Mrs May will meet along with ministers and senior officials in Downing Street tomorrow
Mr Trump said before departing for the UK that he might meet his ‘friend’ Mr Johnson (pictured campaigning in Peterborough on Friday)
Mr Trump praised Mr Farage (pictured presenting his LBC Radio show last night) for his European election victory
Asked whether Brexit Party leader Mr Farage should join the negotiations with Brussels, the spokesman said: ‘The next phase of Brexit negotiations will be conducted by somebody else, not by the Prime Minister.
‘It will be for them to seek a way forward.’
Mr Trump said before departing for the UK that he might meet his ‘friends’ Mr Johnson and Mr Farage.
He praised them as ‘big powers’ – effectively endorsing Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership bid by saying he would make a great PM.
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