Dominic Raab meets Trump in first tour as Foreign Secretary

Mr Raab shared a photo of himself and Mike Pence

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Dominic Raab has praised Donald Trump's "warmth" in his first meeting with the US president as Foreign Secretary.

He said he appreciated Mr Trump's “enthusiasm for the UK-US relationship” after speaking with him in Washington last night.

It is not yet clear what the pair discussed, but the president reportedly expressed his satisfaction with the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister following a frosty relationship with Theresa May.

In a statement after the meeting, Mr Raab said: "The UK looks forward to working with our American friends to reach a free trade deal that is good for both countries, and co-operating on the common security challenges we face."

The newly-appointed cabinet minister said he had also held “wide-ranging talks” with vice president Mike Pence on a series of issues, including China, Iran and a post-Brexit trade deal. 

Mr Raab is scheduled to meet with other senior White House figures today, including secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

He landed in the US capital after talks in Toronto with Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday.

In a Canadian newspaper editorial yesterday, Mr Raab said he prefers to think of Canada and the UK as “different branches of the same family” and Brexit will provide “new opportunities” to work with Canada.

Mr Raab was appointed Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State on Mr Johnson’s first full day as leader.

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