Dominic Raab hails Donald Trump's 'warmth and enthusiasm' after surprise meeting with the US president and VP Mike Pence in Washington to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal

He met the US leaders in Washington on a whistle-stop tour of North America. Mr Raab said: 'We appreciate the President's warmth and enthusiasm for the UK -US relationship'. Boris Johnson insists a Transatlantic trade agreement will be a Brexit benefit.

07 August 2019 - 14:36 - Update: 07 August 2019 - 15:26

Dominic Raab hailed the 'warmth and enthusiasm' of Donald Trump for the special relationship between Britain and America today after a surprise meeting in Washington last night.

The Foreign Secretary met the US president and vice president Mike Pence on a whistle-stop tour of North America as he seek to build support for Transatlantic trade deals after Brexit.

Mr Raab is due to meet his US counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Washington today but the face time with Mr Trump and his deputy was unannounced beforehand.

It is a major relations boost for the new UK top team as they seek to boost UK trade after Brexit. 

Mr Raab said today: 'We appreciate the President's warmth and enthusiasm for the UK-US relationship.

Mr Raab posted this picture after his meeting with vice president Mike Pence in Washington, where they discussed transatlantic trade

Mr Trump met Dominic Raab in Washington last night on the Foreign Secretary's tour of North America

'The UK looks forward to working with our American friends to reach a free trade deal that is good for both countries, and cooperating on the common security challenges we face.' 

MailOnline understands that the meeting with Trump came during the Foreign Secretary's sit down with Mr Pence at the White House.

Mr Raab is also due to sit down with US National security Adviser John Bolton in Washington, the Foreign Office said.

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