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

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20th March 2017

Theresa May has said Donald Trump was being a "gentleman" when he held her hand outside the White House.

Theresa May and Donald Trump held hands as they walked outside the White House.
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The picture of the pair strolling hand-in-hand became the defining image of the Prime Minister's trip to Washington in January.

It was claimed that President Trump had held onto Mrs May as he has a fear of slopes and staircases.

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Critics also said it showed the Prime Minister was getting too close to the maverick billionaire.

But in an interview with Vogue magazine, Mrs May said: "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."

The Prime Minister also spoke out for the first time about the 'trousergate' row, which saw former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan criticise her for wearing a pair of £1,000 leather trousers for a photo shoot.

It led to Fiona Hill, one of Mrs May's joint-chiefs of staff, banning Ms Morgan from 10 Downing Street.

Mrs May said: "Look, throughout my political career, people have commented on what I wear. That’s just something that happens, and you accept that.

"But it doesn’t stop me from going out and enjoying fashion. And I also think it’s important to be able to show that a woman can do a job like this and still be interested in clothes."