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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00. welcome to the white house. theresa may becomes the first overseas leader to hold face—to—face talks with president trump. trade was top of the agenda, as well as strengthening the special relationship between the uk and the us. a free and independent britain is a blessing to the world and our relationship has never been stronger. i am convinced that a trade deal between the us and the uk is in the national interest of both can trees and will cement the special relationship that exists between us. president trump also said he'll visit the uk later this year as both leaders look to rekindle the special relationship. also in the next hour, the two men jailed for 12 years after a tipper—truck killed four people. a four—year—old girl was among the victims. the truck was said to have serious faults that were obvious to anyone. tesco's shares rise sharply after it says it's buying the food wholesaler
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booker, including its chains of convenience stores. and on newsnight, as theresa may becomes the first foreign leader to meet donald trump at the white house we ask what she is risking and what his most hoping for. —— what she is most hoping for. good evening and welcome to bbc news. donald trump and theresa may have hailed a new era of relations between america and britain — after meeting for the first time at the white house. it's the first face—to—face talks president trump has held with any foreign leader since taking power. donald trump said they'd agreed to strengthen their ties in commerce and foreign affairs.
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the prime minister said they both reaffirmed their commitment to nato and working to defeating the islamic state group. it was also announced that donald trump has accepted an invitation from the queen to make a state visit to britain later this year. the president once again welcomed britain's decision to leave the eu. the united states respects the sovereignty of the british people and their right of self—determination. a free and independent britain is a blessing to the world. our relationship has never been stronger. both america and britain understand that governments must be responsive to everyday working people, that governments must represent their own citizens. madam prime minister, we look forward to working closely with you as we strengthen our mutual ties
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in commerce, business and foreign affairs. great days lie ahead for oui’ affairs. great days lie ahead for our two peoples and our two countries. teresa may told journalists at theirjoint news conference that the pair had held productive talks and she was delighted to have been invited as the first foreign leader to the white house by mrtrump. thank you very much, mr president. cani thank you very much, mr president. can i start by saying that i am so pleased that i have been able to be here today. thank you for inviting me so soon here today. thank you for inviting me so soon after your inauguration. and i'm delighted to congratulate you on what was a stunning election victory. and, as you say, the invitation is an indication of the strength and importance of this special relationship that exists between our two countries. a relationship based on the bonds of history, family, kinship and common interest. and in a further sign of
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the importance of that relationship i have today been able to convey her majesty the queen's hope that president trump and the first lady will pay a state visit to the united kingdom later this year and i am delighted that the president has accepted the invitation. our north america editorjon sopel gave us this assessment of the prime minister's visit, and donald trump's first week in office. i think what reason may she will be leaving washington night feeling that that was mission accomplished and ajob that that was mission accomplished and a job well done. it was a diplomatic coup in the first place for the british to be the first foreign nation to come in and meet the new president since his inauguration. secondly, the atmospherics were good. she has built up something of a rapport. thirdly, she got some concessions during that point on nato. that was important and during that point on nato. that was importantandi during that point on nato. that was important and i think many european nations were looking for something like that from donald trump and i think it sets the framework. the trade deal is still a long, long way away but is she feels this is someone away but is she feels this is someone she can do business with and
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vice—versa, and that seemed to be the case, then i think they will be well pleased with that. what a dizzying week it has been. it is ha rd to dizzying week it has been. it is hard to believe that was only one week ago that the inauguration took place. on all sorts of different fronts there has been huge energy, lots of action, not yet done deals in terms of policy. donald trump remains as divisive as ever but few americans can surely doubt his energy levels now given what we have just witnessed. well, this was the assessment of that news conference from sir christopher meyer, who's a former british ambassador to the united states. one of the great thing is that we will all worried about was that donald trump was going nasty on nato while he was going nice on putin. that is a toxic combination. what we now have, certainly on the basis of the press conference is a firm statement of support for nato. that secures one flank. and, actually, donald trump been cautious about the
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future of possible relations with russia and was president vladimir putin. so they are, theresa may has really got a result which is good for britain, very good for britain and also for the rest of europe. moving on to other topics, the other weather came out time and again was brexit. donald trump seems to relish in that and is possibly the first us president we have had who has openly said that that is a great thing. president we have had who has openly said that that is a great thinglj mean... said that that is a great thing.|j mean... theresa may could not have asked for any more fervent support of brexit then she has received from president trump. i mean, she is in favour of keeping the european union together and i think she will have said that to donald trump in private but if she has been looking for the united states to provide a pillar of support before she presses article 50 button here in the uk and goes into negotiation with the eu 27, she could not have asked for more
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support than she has received. that is another result. we do not know what happened behind closed doors but theresa may cannot begin to negotiate on trade until we have gone through brexit and donald trump has to push laws through congress. how important do you think this meeting actually was? to be honest with you this is the opening of the account. this is the beginning of what we hope will be a very strong working relationship. ithink what we hope will be a very strong working relationship. i think the phrase that theresa may use that was that the foundations have laid for a negotiation on trade agreement. britain does not present, from donald trump's perspective, the kind of threat that he sees in mexico which is, from his point of view, has sucked american jobs out of the united states. and we are not like china which he believes is dangerous in global trade. i cannot see any
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political problems that will come up in trade negotiations but there are bound to be difficulties of detail. that is somewhere down the track. the main thing is that the account has been opened and opened positively. frankly, iam has been opened and opened positively. frankly, i am repeating myself, this is another result for theresa may. much will be made of the body language. it did seem to get on, if you see their body language between them and how they interact in a press conference. donald trump seemed to be slightly more restrained, do you think?m was a calm and gentle donald trump, far more than we saw on the presidential campaign. certainly he was calm and rather reserved, actually. i even thought at one stage he was showing a little bit of nerves as he fluffed a few lines he had in front of him. he was calmer and more presidential donald trump than we're used to. the two of them... the key thing when you have these events is do they look at
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other during the press conference. does one defer to the other? we had a bit of that and that is a good sign. so... idon't a bit of that and that is a good sign. so... i don't know whether they will become as intermittent as margaret thatcher and ronald reagan but certainly the early signs look promising. other news now — the boss of a haulage firm and a mechanic have been sent to prison for the manslaughter of four people who were killed when a tipper truck with faulty brakes ran out of control and crashed in bath last year. jon kay reports. they all lost their lives in a matter of seconds. four—year—old mitzi steady, chauffeur steve vaughan and businessmen philip allen and robert parker, killed by a 32—ton truck, its brakes had failed while coming down a steep hill into the city of bath. pictures of the vehicle's brakes were shown in court. the jury was told they were badly worn, rusty, and in a poor state of repair. on the left, matthew gordon, who ran the grittenham haulage company.
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was jailed for seven years and the mechanic was doubtful five years. thejudge said they mechanic was doubtful five years. the judge said they had a cavalier attitude towards safety. every element of this company was rotten to the court. other companies need to the court. other companies need to look into the way they run their companies and maintain service. grieving relatives told the judge about the impact on their life. the mother said that the death of her daughter had left her arrest and struggling to go on. the little girl's grandmother, who was also hit by the truck, needed both her legs amputated. she described the physical and emotional pain she now faces everyday. the man in the —— the lady in the greycoat hears cried as she spoke of how she had to identify her husband ‘s body. as she spoke of how she had to
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identify her husband 's body. having to spend your first wedding anniversary so far removed from the one we had planned... it hasjust been absolutely horrendous. the judge said matthew gordon had put lives at risk by being casual about safety. he said the failures of the company boss and of peter would were inexplicable. as the two men were taken to prison the judge said this had devastated not just taken to prison the judge said this had devastated notjust the families of the four victims had devastated the entire community. the uk's largest retailer, tesco, is to buy britain's largest food wholesaler, booker in a deal worth nearly £4 billion. tesco already has the lion ‘s share of what we spend on the supermarket aisles. but what we put in our trolleys is only half of the food we consume. here is the other half.
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from eating out to food on the go. this fast—growing market is what tesco wa nts this fast—growing market is what tesco wants a slice of. it has struck a deal to purchase booker. this wholesale supplies thousands of pubs, restaurants, caterers and corner shops. tesco says joining forces makes sense. the uk population is passionate about food and is changing the way that it wa nts to and is changing the way that it wants to consume food at home on the go it wants delivery it wants a greater service. the combination of our two businesses allows us to serve those customers better than we do individually on our own. tesco was already big. with this deal will become an even more powerfulforce in the food industry. and that may not be to everyone's taste. booker does not own these convenience stores but does own the brands and its supplies of food for the
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thousands of independent retailers who run them. i think some independent retailers will be concerned about the idea of trading with some company that is ultimately their biggest competitor as well. others will say will look, well, you may get better prices out of this. cheaper prices from the newly merged group which get passed on to the retailer and the customer. either way it is a big bold move and it will face scrutiny from the competition authorities before this deal reaches the checkout. now it is time for newsnight with james o'brien. the world has now had a week to get used to president trump. from the inauguration last friday to today's press conference with theresa may. everyone knew they would have to take him seriously. is it now time we took him literally?” think many of the voters voted for trump and they take him seriously
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but not let a relief. it is going to be only america first. america first. people took him seriously. the press never did. that is what i am trying to save. the essence of what he is about is that he was going to change. whether that be building a wall which... i'm not so sure that that is really what is going to happen... we will begin immediate construction of a border wall. supporters took him seriously not literally. does it work? does torture work? the answer is yes. absolutely. tonight, a specially extended newsnight exploring the first seven days of donald trump's presidency and what they have meant for the world.
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just over 12 months ago, the british parliament debated banning donald trump from this country in response to the perceived toxicity of his electioneering rhetoric. today, the british prime minister — who, as home secretary described some of that rhetoric as "divisive, unhelpful and wrong" — arrived in washington and invited him to come here on a state visit. indeed, at a joint press conference a few hours ago, both were keen to portray the beginning of a beautiful friendship. but she mentioned the so—called special relationship eight times in a speech to republican politicians yesterday, while today trump's white house managed to misspell her name three times in official documentation. so just how special is that relationship and just how much of a political risk is theresa may taking by swallowing any personal distaste and hoping that a president who delights in bellowing "america first" might somehow be persuaded to put britain second?

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