Theresa May says she won’t be afraid to tell Donald Trump if he says or does anything she feels is “unacceptable”.
The two will hold talks in the White House on Friday on issues such as trade and security, with the PM being one of the first foreign leaders to meet the US president since he took office.
The “special relationship” between the two countries will enable her to raise difficult matters, she told the BBC.
The PM insisted she had a “strong track record” of defending women’s rights.
Thousands of protesters took part in demonstrations on both sides of the Atlantic on Saturday, as part of an international campaign to highlight concerns over the president’s views on gender and racial equality.
Mrs May told Andrew Marr she was looking forward to meeting Mr Trump for the first time in Washington and building on the strong relations of past UK and US leaders.
Asked whether she would raise some of the comments that Mr Trump had made about women and women’s issues during the presidential campaign, she said: “I have already said that some of the comments Donald Trump has made in relation to women were unacceptable.
“Some of those he himself has apologised for.”
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Mrs May said she would be making a “big statement about the role of women” by meeting and negotiating with the US president on an equal footing.
Citing her work on introducing new laws around modern slavery and domestic violence, she said she had a record of defending women’s interests while in power.
“I will be talking to Donald Trump about the issues we share and how we can build on the special relationship,” she said.
“It is the special relationship that allows us to say when something is unacceptable.
“Whenever there is something I find unacceptable, I won’t be afraid to say that to Donald Trump.”