May Tries to Break the Ice With Trump in First Call Since Feud

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  • Leaders agreed on need of a post-Brexit bilateral trade deal
  • Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem was discussed at a call

Three weeks since their very public transatlantic spat, Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump made their first attempt to rekindle the so-called special relationship between the U.K. and the U.S.

The two leaders held a phone call on Tuesday afternoon, May’s spokesman James Slack told reporters in London.

May and Trump fell out after he re-tweeted unverified posts by a far-right anti-Muslim British activist in November, earning him the criticism of the British premier. The president then hit back, telling May to mind her own business.

“The prime minister has always been clear on these matters that part of having a special relationship is that when there are times we don’t agree we can say so,” Slack said.

In an emailed statement after the call, May’s office said the two leaders aired their differences over Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move that the U.K. is not on board with. They agreed that the U.S. should bring forward new plans for peace in the region.

May updated the president on Brexit negotiations, while he described the progress he’s made on his economic agenda.

“They agreed on the importance of a swift post-Brexit bilateral trade deal,” the statement said. “They wished each other a very Merry Christmas and looked forward to keeping in close touch.”

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