Ahead of a meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump, British Ambassador Kim Darroch said that the meeting was an important step toward setting up a "strong and close" relationship between the two leaders, in an interview Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"First and most important, it's about establishing a strong and close personal relationship between the two of them so they can take forward cooperation and the challenges we both face. Second, there is a whole range of issues to discuss, both about bilateral relations, about possible free trade agreements, and also all of those international issues that we face together, whether in the Middle East or Russia or China or wherever," Darroch said.
Both leaders recognize that globalization and free trade must be a priority. "Both of them are going to try to ensure, I think, that the results of globalization and economic prosperity is spread much more equally in both countries," Darroch said.
The ambassador said he anticipates a good working relationship for both countries. "We found them extremely friendly, extremely open, very interested to hear what we think."
May is set to lend a bust of Winston Churchill to Trump for display in the Oval Office, according to an opinion piece by Darroch for CNN.
"So Churchill, back in the Oval Office again, will continue to encourage the UK and the U.S. to forge ever stronger bonds, not just for our shared history, but as much in expectation of our bright future ahead," he wrote.
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