A woman walks past a mural depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, in London, Britain, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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It was an invitation to seal Theresa May's bid to revitalize the "special relationship" with the United States, but the promise of a state visit for Donald Trump is turning into another headache for the British prime minister. May is determined to strengthen her hand before launching divorce talks with the European Union by bolstering ties with world powers like the United States. But any enjoyment of what a source in the prime minister's team praised as a "warm, free-flowing and unscripted conversation," one that yielded a Trump promise of a trade deal as soon as Britain leaves the EU, was short-lived.The speaker of Britain's lower house of Parliament, a member of her ruling Conservative Party, Monday rejected any plans for Trump to address Parliament during the visit.Barack Obama was the first U.S. president to use the hall to address Parliament in 2011 .If one is granted in Westminster Hall, the invitation rests with Parliament in the form of its speakers of the two houses and the Lord Great Chamberlain on behalf of the Queen, it said.
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