Donald Trump has promised a “tremendous” increase in trade with the UK at a short meeting with Theresa May in Davos.
The US President sought to build bridges with the Prime Minister in their first meeting since a diplomatic row over his re-tweeting of Britain First posts.
Speaking during a photo opportunity at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Mr Trump said the US and UK are “very much joined at the hip”.
He boasted of a “really great relationship” with Mrs May and being “on the same wavelength in, I think, every respect”.
Mr Trump told her: “It’s great to see you. One thing that will be taking place over a number of years will be trade.
“Trade is going to increase many times and we look forward to that.”
Mr Trump added talks would soon take place and “are going to lead to tremendous increases in trade between our two countries, which is great for both in terms of jobs”.
“We look forward to that and we are starting that process pretty much as we speak.”
Both leaders said they would “talk about” his mooted state visit to the UK, but gave no clues about when it would take place.
Image: Mrs May said the UK and US had a ‘really special relationship’
Shaking hands with the US President after their bilateral meeting, Mrs May said they had enjoyed a “great discussion” about the prospects for improved trade relations.
“We continue to have that really special relationship between the UK and the United States, standing shoulder to shoulder because we are facing the same challenges across the world,” she said.
“As you say, we are working together to defeat those challenges and to meet them. And alongside that, working for a good trade relationship in the future which will be to both our benefits.
“So the UK and the US both do well out of this.”
Downing Street later said both leaders asked officials to “finalise the details” of a visit by Mr Trump’s to the UK by the end of 2018.
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One had been expected, but the timing was thrown into question when the US President cancelled a trip to open the new US embassy in London in an “off location”.
The pair also discussed Iran, the fight against so-called Islamic State and Bombardier, Number 10 said.