Trump reportedly wished May luck in a phone call
Wished the British people the best of luck in their electoral process
The Prime Minister said she will hold a General Election on June 8 and reportedly told the Queen during a phone conversation on Bank Holiday Monday.
The White House said President Trump “wished the British people the best of luck in their electoral process” in his conversation with Mrs May.
Mr Trump placed a similar call to the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him after a controversial referendum granted him sweeping new powers, sparking fears around the world.
According to the White House the billionaire offered his praise just hours after his Turkish counterpart narrowly claimed a victory in a vote which has been slammed by critics for being a nail in the coffin of democracy.
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It grants President Erdogan sweeping new powers, reshaping the country’s system of government by replacing the current parliamentary system with a presidential one and abolishing the role of the prime minister.
Washington said the pair also agreed on “the need to cooperate against all groups that use terrorism to achieve their goals”.
Trump reportedly called Erdogan to congratulate him in his referendum win
Doing Street reported that Mrs May made separate phone calls to the US president, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council president Donald Tusk, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
At 9.30am yesterday, Mrs May sat down in her seat at the Cabinet table and, without ceremony, told ministers she had decided to hold a snap election on June 8.
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Theresa May placed a call to the Queen on Monday to alert her of the decision
The UK’s Parliament is likely to be dissolved on May 3, allowing an election campaign lasting for just over a month.
Opinion polls have suggested the Tories would win a landslide in a general election, and Mrs May only had to think back as far as Gordon Brown for a prime minister who faced a similar chance to increase their majority, only to hesitate and live to regret it.
The Tory hierarchy were reportedly nervous about threats last month to torpedo Mrs May’s Great Repeal Bill as it passes through Parliament, something they see as fundamental for a successful Brexit.