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May-Trump meet to focus on trade, N.A.T.O. & Russia

Jan 27, 2017, 7:26 AM EST
British Prime Minister Theresa May
(Source: DFID - UK Department for International Development/flickr)

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval office on Friday, where the two leaders are expected to discuss the future of N.A.T.O., bilateral trade ties and the strategy to counter the growing influence of Russia.

Addressing the U.S. Republicans on Thursday, May said she intends to “renew the special relationship” between the two countries in a way that would be different from the one in Tony Blair and George W. Bush era.

May is a supporter of N.A.T.O. while Trump has in the past described the body as obsolete, reports The Guardian. In her wide-ranging speech on foreign policy, May added the way to deal with Russia is to “engage but beware.”

May’s visit to the U.S. comes amid outcry over Trump’s controversial remark that justified torture by intelligence officials, writes the BBC. May said she condemned the use of torture and that her stance would remain the same whether in public or speaking to the president.