British PM May: US, Britain Can 'Lead Together Again'
British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to call for a renewal of the "special relationship" with the United States, as Britain prepares to leave the European Union and President Donald Trump begins his term as the U.S. leader.
May is traveling Thursday to Philadelphia ahead of a visit to the White House on Friday. She will be the first foreign leader to meet with Trump in Washington since he took office.
May is scheduled to speak Thursday at a retreat for Republican members of Congress, where according to prepared remarks she will highlight the history of a relationship she says "made the modern world." Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will also attend the retreat Thursday.
"So as we rediscover our confidence together -- as you renew your nation just as we renew ours -- we have the opportunity, indeed the responsibility, to renew the special relationship for this new age. We have the opportunity to lead, together, again," May will say, according excerpts of her prepared remarks.
Both leaders have taken steps to reform their international relations, particularly through trade. Britain's exit from the EU and Trump's withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership will necessitate negotiating new trade agreements throughout the world.
May's plan for the EU exit includes placing a priority on controlling immigration, though she has not yet announced the proposed policy in detail.
US Humanitarian Aid Goes to North Korea
The United States has provided $1 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday.
Despite growing tensions between North Korea and Washington, the U.S. sent the assistance last week on the day before President Donald Trump was sworn in and took over the U.S. government.
It marks the first time that the U.S. provided humanitarian assistance to the North since 2011, when it provided relief items worth $900,000 including medical supplies to North Korean flood victims.
Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry awarded $1 million for North Korea to UNICEF, a U.N. agency, the day before President Donald Trump took office last week.
The State Department confirmed the assistance in an email to VOA and said the funding was destined only for humanitarian assistance. However, a spokesman added that U.S. officials are “currently reviewing last-minute spending approved by the previous administration.”
News of U.S. assistance to North Korea came as a surprise to some officials in Washington and Seoul, since both countries have been increasing pressure on Pyongyang since the communist country conducted multiple nuclear tests last year.