President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May discuss bilateral trade deal

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump will turn from pageantry to policy Tuesday as he joins British Prime Minister Theresa May for a day of talks likely to highlight fresh uncertainty in the allies' storied relationship.

Trump told May that she should "stick around" so that the U.S. and Britain can do a trade deal.

The two are meeting in London, just days before May is to step down as party leader Friday, setting in motion a race to succeed her as prime minister.

The leaders' top priority is a possible bilateral trade deal to take effect once the U.K. leaves the European Union.

Before their meeting with business leaders, May said the two nations' business relationship can be enlarged and a trade deal can be fair for both sides.

Trump told May: "Let's do this deal."

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (3R), US President Donald Trump (L), and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) arrive inthe Music Room to pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his wife Lucia arrive to attend a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (C), and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2R) and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrive in the Music room to pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (3R), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (2L), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photograph in the Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (3R), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (2L), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (C), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2R) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, First Lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with Queen Elizabeth II, followed by first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they make their way into the Music Room for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (Doug Mills/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) walks with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre poses for a photo with US President Donald Trump, left and first lady Melania Trump ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
From left, President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (Doug Mills/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) walks with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) followed by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (3L) as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: A general view of the State Banquet for U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President Donald Trump and the US First Lady for a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) walks with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Catherine,Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Victoria Jones- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II make a toast during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump makes a speech as Queen Elizabeth II listens during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) walks with US First Lady Melania Trump as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) makes a speech as she hosts US President Donald Trump and the US First Lady for a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (R) arrive in the Music room to pose for a photograph, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE (left to right) US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
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The two leaders have sharply differing views on issues including Iran, Brexit and Chinese telecoms firm Huawei. Trump has already criticized May's handling of Brexit and said her rival, Boris Johnson, would make an "excellent" prime minister.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Oct. 31 unless both sides agree to an extension. 

The meeting with business leaders at St. James's Palace brings together nearly a dozen 10 leading companies from the UK and the United States.

Just up the street, leaders of Britain's political opposition will be joining demonstrators. They are inflating a blimp depicting Trump as a giant screaming baby to protest his visit.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and senior lawmakers from his left-of-center party will be among thousands of demonstrators expressing noisy opposition to Trump's visit on the streets of London.

Emily Thornberry, Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman, said Trump is "a sexual predator" and a racist and does not deserve the honor of a state visit.

 

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