Monday 21 August 2017

A friendship cup and a picture - the gifts exchanged by Theresa May and Trump

Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump walk along the White House Colonnade during her visit to Washington DC, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 27, 2017. See PA story POLITICS May. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump walk along the White House Colonnade during her visit to Washington DC, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 27, 2017. See PA story POLITICS May. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Andrew Woodcock

Donald Trump presented Theresa May with a picture of his illustrious predecessor Abraham Lincoln as a gift on her visit to him in the White House.

The framed image from a 1865 edition of Harper's Weekly magazine shows Lincoln swearing the Oath of Office on the same copy of the Bible used by Trump in his own inauguration as President last week.

He told the Prime Minister that the gift symbolised the connection between his inauguration and Lincoln's.

And, in a note accompanying the gift, he quoted a line from Lincoln's inauguration address which said: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

Mrs May presented her host with a traditional Scottish cup of friendship, known as a quaich, reflecting the US President's Scottish ancestry, as the son of Mary MacLeod from the Isle of Lewis.

Pronounced "quake", the cup's two handles are intended to signify trust on the part of the giver and the receiver.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump shakes hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets British Prime MinisterTheresa May as she arrives at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
President Donald Trump talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump re-arranges on a table before posing for a photograph with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump stand side by side at the start of a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
President Donald Trump walks over to pose for a photo with British Prime Minister Theresa May between a bust of Winston Churchill, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
British Prime Minister Theresa May lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, U.S., January 27 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

First Lady Melania Trump gave a pair of silver cufflinks by New York designer David Yurman for Mrs May's husband Philip.

And she received a gift of a hamper of produce from the Prime Minister's country residence Chequers, including apple juice, damson jam and marmalade, as well as Bakewell tarts and cranberry and white chocolate "shorties".

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