Theresa May called Donald Trump to discuss security and Nato today as she scrambles to build a ‘regular dialogue’ with the next President.
After weeks of furious speculation about ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s links to the President-elect, Downing Street said there was an agreement for Mrs May and Mr Trump to stay in ‘close touch’.
The call concluded with an agreement to ‘meet at the earliest opportunity’ but it remains unclear when the pair will meet face-to face.
Theresa May, pictured today leaving No 10, called President-elect Donald Trump today to discuss security and Nato
National Security Advisers from both administrations will meet in the United States before Christmas.
Mr Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20 and Mrs May is highly unlikely to see him beforehand.
But the inauguration will prompt a scramble among European leaders to be the first into the White House.
Following today’s call, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: ‘The Prime Minister called the US President-elect this afternoon as part of establishing a regular dialogue between both of them.
‘They discussed how the President-elect’s transition plans were progressing and agreed that their teams should continue to build close relationships through this period, including with a meeting of their National Security Advisers in the United States before Christmas.
‘They discussed NATO, agreeing on the importance of the Alliance, the need for more NATO members to meet the target of spending 2 per cent of GDP and the role that NATO can play in addressing diverse threats.
‘They agreed to stay in close touch and to meet at the earliest possible opportunity.’
Donald Trump and Theresa May have agreed to stay in regular contact following their second telephone conversation today
Mr Farage famously became the first British politician to meet the President-elect within days of his shock election earlier this month.
He posed with the next leader of the free world in the gold plated elevator of Trump Tower in New York – and Mr Trump even endorsed him to be Britain’s next ambassador to Washington DC.
Mr Farage, who was relieved of the leadership for the second time in as many months yesterday, is expected to build on his links with Mr Trump.
Today, Mr Farage predicted the anti-establishment wave which carried him to the White House would continue.
He told the AP it was spreading to France and may soon splinter the EU.
Mr Farage looked to Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, as the next possible beneficiary as France holds a presidential election next spring.
Nigel Farage, pictured today during a newswire interview, famously became the first British politician to meet the President-elect within days of his shock election earlier this month
‘If she did win, it would be the end of the European project,’ said Farage.
He said the polls now showing Le Pen unlikely to triumph may be just as flawed as the polls that indicated British voters would reject Brexit and those that said U.S. voters would not elect Trump.
Mr Farage credited his passionate pursuit of Brexit with bringing him into close contact with Trump’s inner circle, particularly senior advisers Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.
‘They saw Brexit as a source of potential inspiration to Trump’s activists and Trump’s potential voters,’ Farage said.
‘So the link was Brexit, about the little people beating the establishment. And the human link was people like Bannon. I’ve known them for years and they’ve been supporting my efforts for years.’