Monday 10 December 2018

King and Queen of Spain hosted by Donald Trump in Oval Office

The royal couple have been in the US to mark the 300th anniversary of the foundings of New Orleans and San Antonio.

President Donald Trump, second from right, and first lady Melania Trump, right, welcome Spain’s King Felipe VI, second from left, and Queen Letizia, left, to the Oval Office (Susan Walsh/AP)
President Donald Trump, second from right, and first lady Melania Trump, right, welcome Spain’s King Felipe VI, second from left, and Queen Letizia, left, to the Oval Office (Susan Walsh/AP)

By Darlene Superville

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have welcomed Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House.

King Felipe described his first Oval Office meeting with the president as a “great end to a perfect visit”.

The royals were in the US to mark the 300th anniversaries of the founding of New Orleans and San Antonio, stopping in both cities with historical ties to Spain before arriving at the White House.

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President Donald Trump, left, and Spain’s King Felipe VI, right, walk along the Colonnade (Susan Walsh/AP)

Mr Trump called it “really a tremendous honour” to have the royal couple in the Oval Office.

The president also praised the “outstanding” relationship between the US and Spain “over the years and, I think, especially right now.

“Excellent trade relationship, military relationship. Just about everything you can have. So we love Spain.”

Trade was expected to figure prominently in their talks.

The first lady recently resumed her schedule of public appearances following surgery last month to treat a benign kidney condition.

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