hello and welcome. donald trump has ended his first week as us president with a promise to maintain the special relationship with britain. hosting his first foreign visit with the british prime minister theresa may, mr trump said the two countries were what he called a "beacon for prosperity and the rule of law." rajini vaidya nathan reports from washington. attention! a week since he took office, president trump welcomed his first foreign leader to the white house. british prime minister theresa may, who came to power after the brexit vote in the uk last year. both new to theirjobs, both keen to strengthen the much lauded special relationship. the pair took a moment to pose next to a bust of winston churchill, which president trump had removed. it is an honour to have him back. at a special reminder of what
relationship stood for. this new political couple seemed in a enamoured with each other at times, but behind the handholding are some serious differences. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the prime minister... those divisions were highlighted in one first question the bbc asked him. mr president you have said before torta works, you've praised russia and you said you want to ban some muslims from coming to america and suggested there should be punishment for abortion. —— torture. for many people in britain they sound like alarming beliefs. what do you say to our viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming leader of the free world?” suppose that was your choice of a question. there goes that relationship. what about america's relationship. what about america's relationship with russia? with sanctions punishing moscow's actions
in the uk. we will be talking about the sanctions very early. we believe they should continue until we see they should continue until we see the minsk agreement fully implemented and we have continued to argue that inside the eu. the news conference also showed how far president trump is prepared to go to please his british visitor. he once said nato was obsolete. not any more. today we reaffirmed our one checkable commitment to this alliance. mr president, i think you confirmed you are 100% behind nato? awinfor confirmed you are 100% behind nato? a win for the british pm, but the real price she came for was a promise of a trade deal with the us after the uk leads the eu in brexit. we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreements, take forward high—level talks and lay the groundwork for uk— us agreement. i thought brexit, i think it will go down that you will end up in a fantastic thing for the uk. -- it will. ithink end up in a fantastic thing for the uk. —— it will. ithink any and it will be tremendous asset, not a
tremendous liability. thank you very much. the president ended by saying this relationship would be fantastic. his dealings with other nations haven't gone as well this week but the may—trump partnership has got off to a good start. and after that news conference, president trump signed another executive order, this time authorising new vetting procedures for immigrants entering the united states from certain countries. he said it was intended to keep islamic extremists out of the us. i am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america so we don't want them here. we want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the various threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. we only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love, deeply, our people. we will never forget the lessons
of 9/1! nor the heroes who lost their lives at the pentagon. they were the best of us. in other news: the head of facebook, mark zuckerberg, and his wife, priscilla chan, say they have dropped a lawsuit in hawaii that would have compelled locals to sell small pieces of inherited land on the couple's private estate. mr zuckerberg said he regretted not taking the time to fully understand the cultural and historical significance of the land. the colombian government and farc rebels have announced a plan to eradicate vast tracts of coca leaf, the raw materialfor cocaine. the programme aims to offer farmers monthly payments if they voluntarily destroy their crops and give loans to plant alternatives such as fruit trees. hundreds of millions of people across asia and around the world are marking the start of the lunar new year. the year of the rooster officially began in china.
fireworks, fresh flowers, lion dances and of course lots of food will be part of the celebrations for many. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: after the oscars were criticised for being too white, could this film be about to break the mould? well, theresa may wasn't the only foreign leader president trump was busy talking with. he had an hour long phone call with the mexican president to try to resolve the row over who will pay for mr trump's plans for a wall along the mexican border. and in an indication of the new administration's views on the contentious issue of abortion, the vice president indicated that mr trump will ensure his choice for the supreme court is anti—abortion. the bbc‘s north america
editorjon sopel reports. forget theresa may's visit to dc. the big public event was a demonstration by tens of thousands of pro—life campaigners, demanding a toughening of abortion laws. this is an annual event, but the people who turned out feel they are on the cusp of bringing about a major shift in us social policy. they feel they have a president in tune with them. sings badly off key perhaps more in tune than the woman brought in to sing the national anthem. president trump has made clear he wants a conservative pro—lifer to fill the vacancy on the supreme court. he sent his vice president along to address the crowds. the most senior government representative ever to speak to the group. this administration will work with congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers. we will devote those resources to healthcare services
for women across america. life is winning again. but winning over mexico to pay for the border wall is proving more difficult. yesterday's bizarre war of words on social media between the two presidents ended with the mexican head of state pulling out of a trip next week to washington. today, twitter diplomacy was replaced by the more old—fashioned kind. speaking privately. at the news conference, tellingly, no mention of the wall and who was going to pay for it. we are no longer going to be the country that does not know what it is doing. and, so we are going to renegotiate our trade deals and we are going to renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with mexico. and in the end i think it will be good for both countries. it's hard to believe that it has only been one week since the inauguration of president trump, such is the pace at which events
have been unfolding. his first meeting with a foreign leader completed, a whole raft of executive orders. there seems to be no letting up in the pace. a short time ago the president went to the pentagon to meet his most senior commanders, to discuss the change of strategy and intensification of the fight against so—called islamic state. he also oversaw the swearing—in of his new defence secretary, james mattis. the former general is anti—torture, a russian sceptic and pro—nato. for those reasons, a figure of considerable reassurance to the long—standing allies of the united states. a member ofjeremy corbyn‘s shadow cabinet has stepped down in protest ata cabinet has stepped down in protest at a decision to force mps to back
the bill triggering the formal process leading to brexit. joe stevens says she believes leaving the eu would be a terrible mistake and that endorsing the bill would ta ke and that endorsing the bill would take it inevitable. it follows the resignation of another senior labour mp on thursday. plans to cut knee and hip replacement operations in worcestershire have been described as an alarming decision by the royal couege as an alarming decision by the royal college of surgeons. three commissioning groups in the county say very obese patients and those who are in only moderate pain will not qualify for the surgery. they say the plan will save two million pounds a year — but is it fair? our health editor hugh pym has been taking a look. he's due to have a hip operation which would make hisjob as a tour guide much easier, but gordon has been waiting more than six months with no sign of an appointment yet. he can be in a lot of pain. his experience shows how debilitating a long wait
for an operation can be. occasionally, i will wake up and you try to move and it's a really sharp pain. i live on my own, so i shout out. it doesn't matter. it's one way of getting relief on it. in gordon's local area in worcestershire, the nhs will be tightening the criteria, making it even more difficult to get a new hip or knee. a scoring system based on a questionnaire by patients will be used to assess who needs surgery. in effect, they'll hsbr to be in more pain, or less mobile than they currently would to qualify. but senior doctors say the policy is unfair on patients. it's the nhs not producing best care for a particular patient. so the patient continues to suffer and the nhs doesn't help them. it's not the first time local commissioning groups in england have reduced care to save money. the three groups in worcestershire have followed one in shropshire in restricting hip and knee surgery. vale of york and harrogate have both announced restrictions on all surgery for some,
unless they lose weight, and another trend that's been seen is cuts in ivf treatment, including in mid and north—east essex and south—east norfolk. the finances in the nhs are constrained and demand is rising. and so in that environment we have to make some difficult decisions about the services we commission. we have to prioritise services where patients will get the most benefit. this comes at a time when there have been calls for a cross—party and public debate on the future of the nhs in england. a key question is — should the nhs continue with the funding already allocated, even if that means possible cuts to some services, or does it need new funding to bring it in line with health spending seen in some other leading european economies? the welsh government said there were no financial restrictions on routine surgery. scotland is investing more in specialist centres, but, around the uk, the debate on the best use of resources for the nhs is as vocal as ever. hugh pym, bbc news. tesco, the uk's biggest supermarket,
has agreed to buy the country's biggest food wholesaler, the booker group, in a deal worth nearly £4 billion. booker supplies everything from baked beans to teabags to 700,000 corner shops, grocers, pubs and restaurants. the two firms said the deal would create the uk's leading food business, but it may need approval from the competition authority. emma simpson has more. 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. from eating out to food on the go. this fast—growing market is what tesco wants a slice of. it has struck a deal to purchase booker. this wholesaler 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 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, it will become an even more powerfulforce in the food industry, and that might 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 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, well, look, 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. this is bbc news. the headlines: us president donald trump and britain's prime minister have pledged allegiance to the two countries' "special relationship", as theresa may became the first world leader to visit the white house. president trump later signed an executive order authorising new vetting measures for some immigrants entering the united states. more on that now. with the trump administration due to introduce new restrictions for people from certain countries entering the united states, we've been to pennsylvania to look at what it's like for refugees living there. so the connection between lancaster and refugee resettlement. lancastrians were motivated to welcome refugees initially, because they thought this was our heritage, this was how we started this county, this state.
i consider lancaster to be the best place in the world. mohamed and his wife and his four children arrived to lancaster, pennsylvania, last july. translation: we left syria because it was unbearable, and we were not able to stay there any longer. we were not able to sleep. he's supporting his family, and his wife as well. a family of six can be self—sufficient within four
to six months. we are very happy about that. a refugee is like any other human, looking for a better life for himself, a better life for his kids, education, looking forjobs, just like any other person. how does it make him feel, that family, relatives, friends, that they might not be able to come to the us? disappointed. we had hoped that we will reunite again with the people that we know. i think a lot of people get very nervous about the aspect of terrorism and we have to be extremely careful. and we have to put american citizens first, and their safety, and that is the number—one role of this government. with any problem, you have
to stop the bleeding. so stop the bleeding — cut off any refugees coming into this point, get to a solution very quickly, and then we can reinstate refugees coming back into the country. but from my faith perspective, also there is also a moral obligation, particularly when talking about women and children, to try to help to bring people out of harm's way. there's much more on our website about the trump presidency, including a look back at the events of his first week in power. that's on bbc.com/news. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. the boss of a haulage firm and a mechanic have both beenjailed 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. matthew gordon was jailed for seven
years and peter wood for five years. the victims included a four year old girl. british airways cabin crew will stage a further six days of industrial action next month in a dispute over pay. the strikes were announced by the unite union. it's urged ba to get to the negotiating table. ba says they will have contingency plans in place. and the government's spending watchdog has told the ministry of defence that if it's to pay for new ships, aircrafts and vehicles it needs to make almost £6 billion in additional savings over the next ten years. the mod says it's convinced its plan will deliver the best value for the taxpayer. after three years of discussions, an influential report from the church of england has concluded it should continue to oppose gay marriage. straight or gay, be asked about their sexual conduct and their lifestyle. it acknowledged the report could cause serious and painful disagreements.
here's our religious affairs correspondent martin bashir. two men are married in an anglican church. but it's in the united states and won't be happening here. after three years of so—called shared conversations, the church of england has asserted that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. the bishop behind today's report says that while the doctrine of marriage remains the same, the church must change its tone. our test is to uphold the gospel and the scriptures and the tradition as we have received it but also to make sure that this is a church in which all lesbian and gay people, who are made in the image and likeness of god, like everyone else, are welcome and have a place. but lesbian and gay members of the church have reacted with disappointment, accusing the bishops of doing
nothing to acknowledge the goodness or sanctity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships. they asked us to trust them. they asked us to work with them and the gay community did so over a three—year period and we were told in that process, privately, if we did this, then we would see change and none of that has been honoured. i think that's a failure of leadership and a failure of duty. conservative evangelicals, however, have expressed relief that the bishops have uphold the authority of scripture, against the impact of cultural change. i want the church to stand with the teaching ofjesus and my understanding isjesus taught very clearly that sex is for marriage and marriage is between a man and a woman. so, i want the church to continue to teach whatjesus taught on that issue, to try and find ways of commending that lovingly to the world around us. the publication of today's report, while unequivocal on the subject
of marriage, is not the final word. in just over two weeks' time, general synod will convene and while the bishops have called for a more respectful and considerate tone, the debate is likely to be a fiery one. martin bashir, bbc news, in north—west london. it's a film that tells the story of a young african—american coming to terms with his sexuality and it's received no less than eight oscar nominations. last season's awards were criticised for their lack of diversity. but its writer and director, barryjenkins, insists the film is not a response to that. he was speaking to our entertainment correspondent chi chi izundu. you are my only, i am your only. you are going to listen. to who, ma? to you? moonlight told the semiautobiographical story of director barryjenkins, a young boy growing up in miami
with a crack—cocaine—addicted mother. his own mother is now in rehab, and is still one of the few in his inner circle not to have seen this film. i don't know if she wants to see herself in that way. what a friend pointed out to me was, "oh, no, i think she doesn't want to see the main character, who is essentially you, be taken through his rough life, because it might bring up this guilt and the shame." and i get that, but i hope what she will see is that it was not made out of anything but tenderness and kindness towards her. what happened? why you didn't come home like you were supposed to? this film comes at a time when the oscars are under severe scrutiny. over the last two years, the term #oscarssowhite followed the awards, because no—one of colour had been nominated in any of the major categories. i didn't want to say anything about anything other than the characters in the film.
again, like with #oscarssowhite, it is being framed in response to all these movies, and yet these movies have been in the pipeline for years. the voting panel for the oscars changed last year. they increased the number of women and people from ethnic minorities, and the success of moonlight shows there is a hungerforfilms about black people. there is this myth that black films don't play overseas. and yet here i am releasing my all—black film in london, releasing in france, germany, and the netherlands, and japan and australia as well. barry was first shown the story in 2011. he and the author, tarell alvin mccraney, grew up in the same area and went to the same primary school, and their success has given hope to those living the life they left behind. i think there are kids back at home who are watching this happen, and it happens in miami a lot now, and they talk about the ceiling, did i break the ceiling? no, but i think the ceiling is raised for me.
i think people back home were seeing the ceiling was here, and now it's up here, because barryjenkins and ta rell got nominated for the academy awards. so if i win, i hope it would make people back home proud, and that would be important to me. director barryjenkins there, speaking to our entertainment director barryjenkins there, speaking to our entertainment correspondent chi chi izundu. before we go, let's just show you how some of the british press is covering theresa may's visit to the white house. the saturday editions are out, and as you can see, her relationship with donald trump is filling the headlines. this is the independent. it's headline is trump backs brexit to seal special relationship. and this is the daily express. it has a photo of donald trump holding theresa may's hand, the daily telegraph uses the same photo and has the headline "hand in hand, the happy couple." it says may and trump have shown that opposites do attract. it's a similar story in the daily mail:
the mirror: and the times carries the headline: that's all for now. you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @bbcregedahmad. hello there. the weather is on the change as we head through the course of the weekend. we are tending to lose the bitter cold that has been with us, so things gradually turning milder. it was a tranquil friday evening in kingston—upon—thames, as you can see captured by what one of our weather watchers, this image looking across the thames. but we are getting rid of the cold air that has been with us for some time. that is clearing off
into continental europe, milder air spilling in from the atlantic, and with that milder air we also import some weather fronts, too. the first of the weather fronts bringing some wet weather through the course of saturday, and then we are set to see further weather fronts spreading in during sunday, particular towards the south. now, we start saturday morning, and we've got quite a lot of rain around, also a little bit of snow over the hills in the north. there could be some icy conditions, too, particularly across parts of northern ireland, scotland and north—west england, so watch out for some patchy ice in the north first thing saturday. further south is that bit milder, where we have got all the cloud and the outbreaks of rain. as we move through the day, then, many central and eastern parts of the country keep it fairly damp, whereas towards the west we will start to see brighter skies working in, and scattered showers as well. of the country keep it fairly damp, whereas towards the west we will start to see brighter skies working in, and scattered showers as well. so this is around 3pm saturday afternoon. a few scattered showers over hills in the south—western end. sunshine likely otherwise up towards the midlands. still quite cloudy towards the far
south—east and east anglia, with a few spots of rain, and a similar picture across northern england. but i think for northern ireland and the west of scotland, a return to sunny spells and a few showers, though it could be a bit wintry over the hills of scotland. moving through the course of saturday night, after that rain that we will have seen on saturday, could turn a little bit cold and icy once again, so do watch out for sunday morning, first thing. there could be some frost and some ice around as well. a chilly start to the day. by 10am, some sunshine in scotland, still a few showers in the west. northern england also seeing a good deal of sunshine. looks like that rain will push in across northern ireland, wales and southern england as well. now, moving through sunday, this area of rain associated with a frontal system works its way gradually eastwards across much of the country. some uncertainty about exactly how far north it gets. it looks like scotland should avoid most of the wet weather, and temperatures between around four to 10 degrees. it is looking that bit milder than it has been for the past week or two. heading in towards monday, once we lose the first front from sunday, we will start to see
another front working in from the west. but before it gets there, actually, many places having a good deal of dry weather through the course of monday. with the south—westerly breeze, temperatures much milder, but more unsettled and wet weather on the way as we head into much of the week ahead. goodbye for now. the latest headlines from bbc news. the british prime minister theresa may has become the first foreign leader to hold talks with president donald trump at the white house. they talked for around an hour, before emerging to make statements and take questions from journalists which covered terrorism, trade, russia and mexico. mrs may said both leaders had reaffirmed their commitment to nato during their meeting. she said they are united in their recognition of the transatlantic alliance and spoke of mr trump's "100% commitment" despite his recent comments where he dismissed nato as obsolete. the president later signed an executive order that will limit immigration and refugees from some muslim—majority countries. mr trump promised the measures,