Trump plans to meet with UK's May, Mexico's Pena Nieto: White House

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 21, 2017 6:04 PM

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is arranging to meet very soon with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, two long-standing U.S. allies concerned about how his presidency will affect their relationships with Washington.

Trump will meet late next week with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Saturday.

The meeting will be an opportunity for May, who initially struggled to build relations with Trump's transition team, to discuss what has long been termed the "special relationship" between the two nations, a central pillar of Britain's foreign policy.

Trump, who endorsed the Brexit vote to leave the United Kingdom and is friends with May critic Nigel Farage, has said he wants to swiftly arrange a swift bilateral trade deal with the United Kingdom.

The date of the meeting - Thursday or Friday - was not clear from Spicer's comments. May's office declined comment.

Trade will also be part of the agenda for Trump's meeting with Pena Nieto, Spicer said, along with immigration and security. The leaders spoke by phone on Saturday and discussed a meeting for Jan. 31, he said.

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Trump has said he wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed in 1994 with Canada and Mexico, in order to improve terms for U.S. workers.

Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also spoke by phone on Saturday and discussed setting up "additional meetings in the days to come," Spicer said.

(Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert in Washington and Stephen Addison in London; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Leslie Adler)