Trump meeting with Apple's Tim Cook on trade

Nanette Barraga

The White House has confirmed that Mr Trump will visit Britain on Friday 13 July - confirming earlier reports by Sky News.

Reuters notes that "Cook, who has urged calm during the recent flare in usa trade tensions with China, held private talks with Trump in the Oval Office".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the "primary focus and goal of the meeting is to discuss trade", adding that the meeting had been planned for several weeks.

The election of Donald Trump was a shot heard around the world.

Apple's CEO and the President of the United States took a meeting today in the Oval Office.

The prime minister invited Trump for a state visit when she became the first world leader to meet the president in the White House in January previous year.

"Further details will be set out in due course", he added.

But a full-blown state visit replete with golden carriages and pomp has been deferred amid the threat of huge anti-Trump protests.

The first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration, May had hoped the high honor - extended directly from Queen Elizabeth II herself - would help solidify the US-UK "special relationship" at a moment of uncertainty.

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Plans for a working visit to the United Kingdom in 2018 were announced when Mr Trump met Mrs May at Davos in January.

The July 13 date follows the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit which the president is due to attend in Brussels on the previous days.

On Tuesday evening, Cook, along with Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of government and environment affairs, attended a White House State Dinner.

Trump canceled a trip to London past year, blaming it on disliking the new US embassy.

That trip - which would involve lavish ceremonies and a stay with the Queen at Buckingham Palace - has been put off indefinitely, though Number 10 insists the invitation stands.

Speaking to the British Press Association this week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said protests of some kind would likely accompany Trump's visit but said they would be peaceful.

"He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear".

Human rights group Amnesty International said it would call on its supporters to protest against Trump's "deeply disturbing" human rights record.

While Trump never entirely gave up his personal cell phone once Kelly came aboard, one source close to the White House speculated that the President is ramping up the use of his personal device recently in part because "he doesn't want Kelly to know who he's talking to".

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