Theresa May: Trump was ‘being a gentleman’ when he held my hand

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British PM utilizes interview with American Vogue to defend US chairmen behaviour during their meeting in Washington

Theresa May has insisted Donald Trump was simply being a gentleman when he grasped her hand during a visit to the US, creating an image that caused widespread shame.

The prime minister has used an interview with American Vogue to praise the meeting with the president, who she said had achieved a stunning election victory dedicated his lack of experience in politics.

I like to think we got on, she said, adding that she would not reveal the details of private conversations with Trump, including whether she criticised his previous controversial comments about women.

All I would say is, Ive been very clear: Im not afraid to raise issues. And the nature of the relationship is such that we should be able to be frank and open with each other.

Her Vogue interviewer, Gaby Wood, said May laughed when she raised the issue of the hand-holding. I think he was actually being a gentleman. We were about to walk down a ramp, and he said it might be a bit awkward, she said.

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