The Secretary of State for International Development branded the idea “utter nonsense” after Channel 4 News anchor Cathy Newman grilled the politician.
It comes after the Prime Minister’s decision to not join the leaders of Germany, France and Italy in a joint statement defending the Paris Agreement.
Newman said: “This is about leadership at the end of the day isn’t it and has Theresa May gone weak and wobbly with Donald Trump?
“Because she’s the only European leader not to sign that letter condemning what he’s done on climate change.”
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Priti Patel shut down the suggestion Theresa May had gone "weak and wobbly" with Donald Trump
No one can envisage Jeremy Corbyn having those forthright discussions with the President of the United States or even standing up for Britain internationally
But the Tory politician refused to back down and dismissed the suggestion, insisting Mrs May had a “strong” relationship with the US.
She replied: “I think Cathy, that’s utter nonsense. And do you know what? Leadership is on the ballot paper next Thursday, along with the economic future and security of our country.
“And when it comes to the United Kingdom and our international relations, we stand tall in the world through many of the bilateral relations that we have [and] the strong relationship that we have with the United States of America.
“Also, the ability to pick up the phone and have very frank conversations which the Prime Minister has done exactly that today with Donald Trump on climate change.”
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Cathy Newman grilled the politician over Theresa May's relationship with Donald Trump
The presenter probed further despite Downing Street releasing a statement saying Mrs May had “expressed her disappointment” at President Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal.
She cut in and said: “Such a strong relationship but she can't actually stand up to him, she can't actually say what she thinks about climate change.”
Ms Patel replied: “That is wrong, that is absolutely wrong.”
She maintained relations were “strong” before then taking a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn.
The politician added: “Quite frankly, no one can envisage Jeremy Corbyn having those forthright discussions with the President of the United States or even standing up for Britain internationally.”