Trump eyes swift United Kingdom trade deal

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"I will be going to London, yes", Trump told reporters during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday in Germany.

He also confirmed that he will be coming to London.

The closest they came to discord was over Iran's nuclear deal, which Trump has criticized and where May reiterated the U.K.'s support.

May is looking to secure a deal with the U.S. as Britain renegotiates its terms of trade with the European Union ahead of Brexit - its withdrawal from the 28-nation bloc.

The G20 meeting in Hamburg, where Trump spoke briefly on Saturday, sparked protests on the streets as about 12,000 anarchists, anti-capitalists and other left-wing activists rioted and set fire to cars.

She said: "Britain has always been a great trading nation and as we leave the European Union we will seize the exciting opportunity to strike deals with old friends and new partners".

US President Donald Trump has told British Prime Minister Theresa May that America is going to strike a trade deal with United Kingdom "very, very quickly", after Brexit, i.e. after Britain's exit from the European Union.

But her language on a deal with the U.S. was notably more modest than Trump's.

Others are more skeptical as to Trump's reliability and commitment to trade deal and don't think a deal will be reached as soon as he says.

He said he had developed a "very special" relationship with the prime minister, mirroring language often used to describe the broader historic ties between the US and the UK.

"We'll work that out", he said of the date.

Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador to Washington, said Trump's statement of intent was a "very good sign for the future" and would be "useful" to May. The US will want to know what access its companies and banks in Britain will have to the rest of the EU.

Beasley said the agency had worked hard with the White House and the US government to secure the funding, but Trump would insist that other countries contributed more as well.

Theresa May had a list of hard questions to deal with when she sat down with Donald Trump: Climate change, his attempt to ban Muslims traveling to the US, his attack on London's Mayor.

"I wouldn't actually believe anything actually that the Kremlin is putting out", he said.

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