British Prime Minister Theresa May made the voyage across the pond to be the first foreign leader to come to the U.S. to visit President Trump. She had nothing but pleasant words to speak about the President referring to him as “a gentleman”. In an interview with Vogue Magazine, she explained why she held hands with Trump while exiting the White House.
“I think he was actually being a gentleman,” May recalled, laughing about the memory. “We were about to walk down a ramp, and he said it might be a bit awkward.”
“I like to think we got on,” she said during the interview. “I mean, obviously he has, uh . . . it was a stunning election victory, in that he’s someone who has not been involved in politics.”
— BreakingNews-Int. (@breakingnews_no) January 28, 2017
When the interviewer asked May if she confronted Trump on his comments on women, which she had once said were “unacceptable,” she answered.
“We don’t comment on private conversations that take place. All I would say is, I’ve been very clear: I’m not afraid to raise issues. And the nature of the relationship is such that we should be able to be frank and open with each other,” she remarked.
As Britain’s second female prime minister May is seen as a role-model and her actions are watched carefully. When May was asked if the photo of her walking hand in hand with Trump represents the kind of relationship Margaret Thatcher had with former President Ronald Reagan, May responded with honor for the former Prime Minister. “There can only ever be one Margaret Thatcher,” she said. “I’m Theresa May. I do things my way.”
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) March 20, 2017
May’s visit to the U.S. to meet Trump was a success, but it came before Trump signed his first executive order on immigration. Trump’s order was unpopular and so was May’s invitation to Trump to visit Britain, but the Prime Minster says she doesn’t focus on what is popular or not. “It’s not a popularity stakes, being prime minister,” she said. “I think what’s important is for people to feel that I’m delivering for them.”
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