Queen discussed 'reopening global economies' with Donald Trump in phone call

Rebecca Taylor
Royal Correspondent
The Queen with Donald Trump at the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (WireImage)

The Queen and Donald Trump talked about reopening global economies in a phone call on Tuesday ahead of US Independence Day.

The Royal Family noted the phone call in a tweet, but the White House divulged more details about the president’s call with the monarch.

The White House said: “The president wished the Queen a happy birthday, marking 94 extraordinary years. The president also expressed his condolences for the British people who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The president and the Queen discussed close co-operation on defeating the virus and reopening global economies. The president and the Queen also reaffirmed that the United States and United Kingdom stand together in our special relationship and will emerge from this trying time stronger than ever before.”

It’s not known how long the Queen and Trump spoke for on Tuesday afternoon.

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The call was one of many the monarch has made over the last few weeks to leaders in other countries, starting with New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern several weeks ago.

The Queen with Trump at the Nato reception. (Getty Images)

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The calls are at the request of the government, and represent “soft diplomacy”.

Trump was in the UK six months ago, when he attended a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark 70 years of Nato.

He is a big fan of the Queen, and gushed about her on American TV after his state visit in June 2019.

The US leader told Fox News: “The meeting with the Queen was incredible. I think I can say I’ve really got to know her because I’ve sat with her many times and we had automatic chemistry.

“You understand that feeling, it’s a good feeling. But she’s a spectacular woman.”

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The Queen and Trump likely spoke mostly about the coronavirus pandemic as it is still a major issue in both nations.

A 4 July event to mark America’s Independence Day is being held at the White House, despite concerns about crowds gathering.

The Queen has met 12 of the 13 American presidents elected during her reign, with Lyndon B Johnson the only one missing out.