British Prime Minister Theresa May becomes the first foreign leader to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. As David Pollard reports, her visit to Washington carries high stakes for both leaders.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIR JOHN THUNE, SAYING: "I'm also excited to be able to welcome Prime Minister May, the first sitting head of state ..." The talk is warm, as could be the welcome. Britain's prime minister at the head of the queue to visit the new US president. For a UK hurtling towards Brexit - a lot's at stake. And for Trump too. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR JOHN BEW, PROFESSOR WAR STUDIES KINGS COLLEGE LONDON AND LEAD CONTRIBUTOR ON "BRITAIN AND THE WORLD" AT THE THINK TANK POLICY EXCHANGE, SAYING: "Despite the fact he has blustered into the White House with the same type of rhetoric, he also needs a success story here and here is an open door for both governments, symbolically as much as anything else." The strong US-UK relationship began in wartime. Call it special - or even at times bromance - many question how vital it is during peace. One thing is sure ... (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "We will be looking for a UK-U.S. trade deal ..." Trade could tie the knot again - if there's reason not to rush into a shotgun wedding ..... SOUNDBITE (English) CHIEF ECONOMIST, WORLD FIRST, JEREMY COOK, SAYING: "Quick trade deals are normally bad trade deals. The weaker party - and make no bones about it, the UK is the weaker party in a UK-US trade deal - normally ends up getting the rough end of the stick as opposed to the larger party within this." And with Trump pledging to put America First, at best Britain can only be a close second. Though that's unlikely to stop Theresa May hoping for bridges, not walls - or even fences.