British Prime Minister Theresa May came Thursday to the city where the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain to reaffirm the “special relationship” the United Kingdom and United States have shared for more than two centuries.
“The leadership provided by our two countries through the ‘special relationship’ has done more than win wars and overcome adversity. It made the modern world,” May told an annual congressional retreat in Philadelphia.
“It is through our actions over many years, working together to defeat evil or to open up the world, that we have been able to fulfill the promise of those who first spoke of the special nature of the relationship between us,” she said. “The promise of freedom, liberty and the rights of man.”
May’s comments come ahead of her visit Friday to the White House, when she will bask in the political glow of being the first foreign leader to hold face-to-face talks with President Trump. The two leaders will discuss terrorism, ending Syria’s civil war, relations with Russia, NATO cooperation and a bilateral trade deal once the U.K. leaves the European Union, probably by 2019. Trade between the two countries is worth about $187 billion, and the U.S. is the largest single investor in the U.K.
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