Theresa May, the U.K.’s prime minister, has said she does not plan on challenging the U.S. President Donald Trump about sexism when they meet later this week. The decision to avoid the topic comes after more than 600 women’s marches took place around the world this weekend, a day after Trump’s inauguration. May will become the first world leader to meet the new president when she travels to the U.S. this week, where they will meet primarily to discuss NATO. The two are also expected to address what a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. will look like and how both countries can tackle terrorism.
The British prime minister has previously condemned lewd comments made by Trump, referring to the secretly recorded “grab them by the pussy” comment as “unacceptable.” However, when pressed as to whether she would confront Trump about such remarks she said, “the biggest statement that will be made about the role of women is the fact that I will be there as a female prime minister, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, directly talking to him about the interests that we share.”
Speaking to British presenter Andrew Marr, May said she was “proud to be only the second female prime minister that the U.K. has had,” and added, “I will be talking to Donald Trump about the issues that we share, about how we can build on the special relationship.
“It’s the special relationship that also enables us to say when we do find something unacceptable.”
The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, had a markedly different approach and said he hoped that when the Prime Minister meets Donald Trump she will “in no uncertain terms tell him that his misogyny during the election campaign, the way in which he described Muslim people and others of different faiths, the way in which he proposes to build a wall between his country and Mexico, is simply not acceptable and not the right way of going forward.”
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