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Trump quips during press conference with British PM: ‘There goes that relationship’

In a light-hearted moment during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday, President Trump joked that a reporter’s pointed question about his past rhetoric would cost the two countries their relationship.

BBC News reporter Laura Kuenssberg asked Trump about his past rhetoric regarding torture, Russia and banning Muslims from entering the United States, noting that these comments are alarming for many in Britain.

“You’ve said before that torture works, you’ve praised Russia, you’ve said you’d want to ban some Muslims from coming to America, you’ve suggested there should be some punishment for abortions,” Kuenssberg said.

{mosads}“For many people in Britain, those sound like alarming beliefs. What do you say to our viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and are worried about you becoming the leader of the free world?”

Trump signaled to May to answer Kuenssberg’s question first, quipping: “There goes that relationship.”

Prior to the press conference, Trump met with May in his first sit-down with a world leader since his inauguration last week.

Following their meeting, Trump and May addressed reporters and White House staff, vowing to continue to build on the “special relationship” between the United States and United Kingdom.

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