How Theresa May poked fun at the size of Donald Trump's hands
Theresa May has joked about the size of Donald Trump’s hands at a private fundraiser as she made light of a photograph of the pair at the White House.
The Prime Minister’s tongue-in-cheek remarks came after her visit to America when the leaders were photographed hand-in-hand while walking.
Applauded as she stood to speak at a reception with Tory donors on Monday, Mrs May said: "Thank you very much for that wonderful reception.
"I don’t think I have received such a big hand since I walked down the colonnade at the White House."
The joke came at the Black and White Ball, the Tory annual fundraiser the sees a live auction of prizes to raise funds for the party.
During the US election campaign, Mr Trump faced repeated jibes from political opponents and comedians for having “small hands” - something he denied.
Marco Rubio - who Mr Trump had nicknamed ‘little Marco” - said in a campaign appearance: “Have you seen his hands? And you know what they say about men with small hands."
Mr Trump later hit back during a TV debate, saying: “Look at those hands. Are they small hands? … I guarantee you there’s no problem.”
Mrs May has faced criticism after a photograph during her White House visit showed her holding hands with Mr Trump in an unscripted moment.
Video footage appeared to show Mr Trump reaching out to hold Mrs May’s hand as they went down a slope in the White House.
The fundraiser on Monday raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Tory Party, which has been keen to boost donations after Labour gained millions of pounds last year from a surge in new members.
The best selling prize in the live auction is understood to have been a signed copy of Mrs May’s Lancaster House speech on her Brexit priorities, which went for £110,000.
A signed copy of Mrs May’s foreign policy speech to the Republicans in Philadelphia last month, which signalled an end to Iraq-style overseas interventions, went for £70,000.
In an apparent break with the past, “experience” prizes which involved spending time with cabinet ministers were not up for auction.
In the past prizes have included shoe shopping with Mrs May, tennis with David Cameron and a cross-country jog with Iain Duncan Smith, but no such gifts were on offer this year.
Other prizes up for auction included a private party at the London Cabaret Club for 100 people, a trip on a superyacht and grouse shooting in Yorkshire.