Theresa May will today head to the Oval Office in the White House to discuss a trade deal between the UK and US, security threats, and foreign policy with Donald Trump.
But it seems that one tiny error has been made already between the president and the UK leader – specifically, the mispelling of Theresa May’s name. Uh oh…
An official White House document has been released detailing the President’s schedule for the day – and at 12.10pm, a meeting with ‘Teresa May’, rather than Theresa May, is on the agenda.
The pair will then hold a joint press conference at 1pm, followed by a ‘working luncheon’.
Theresa May will be the first foreign leader to visit the White House since Donald Trump was inaugurated on 20th January. And the PM has made it clear that she plans to stand firm against some of Trump’s more controversial ideas and policies, stating earlier that she will “not stand idly by when the threat is real.”
May arrived in the United States on 26th January for a two day visit, and held a solo press conference ahead of her one with the President.
And Theresa May won’t be arriving at the White House empty-handed when she visits – although the gifts she’s bringing for Donald and Melania Trump might surprise you.
Downing Street has officially announced that the Prime Minister’s primary gifts for the Trumps will be food-related, with Melania receiving a hamper including a selection of Bakewell tarts – currently on sale for £1 – from the PM’s country retreat Chequers. Meanwhile, the President will receive a “Quaich”, a historical Scottish drinking cup.
Seemingly random gifts for the President of the United States perhaps? Don’t worry, there are reasons behind the choices. Apparently, the Quaich (pronounced quake) is more of a symbol of friendship and trust, than a way to drink your evening glass of wine. Good news for the President, who has been a teetotaller for most of his life.
And, hidden within Melania’s hamper will be an exciting stash of goodies. According to Downing Street, it will contain “a range of produce including Chequers apple juice, damson jam and marmalade, as well as Bakewell tarts and cranberry and white chocolate shorties (a shortcake biscuit).”
In the past, Prime Ministers have gifted perhaps more luxurious items to their fellow heads of state across the pond. In 2012, PM David Cameron delivered a £600 table tennis table to Barack Obama, while Tony Blair gave George Bush a £200 wash bag.