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May hopeful ahead of Trump meeting

By Andrew Woodcock

Theresa May is to call for a "renewed" special relationship between Britain and America as she becomes the first world leader to meet Donald Trump since his inauguration as president last week.

Arriving in America today ahead of tomorrow's meeting in the White House, the Prime Minister will say that both the UK and US are undergoing a renewal which will allow them to "rediscover our confidence together" and "lead together again" in the world.

No.10 hopes the Oval Office meeting will allow Mrs May to establish the basis for a "strong and productive working relationship" with Mr Trump and agree a shared ambition to sign a UK-US free trade deal once Britain has left the EU.

Yesterday, Mr Trump signed executive actions to jump-start construction of a US-Mexico border wall and strip funding for so-called sanctuary cities, which do not arrest or detain immigrants living in the US illegally.

Campaigners against torture have urged Mrs May to confront Mr Trump over plans to bring back waterboarding for terror suspects.

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