David Cameron holds talks with Donald Trump as part of US visit

Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron has met Donald Trump in Florida, before holding talks with US secretary of state Antony Blinken.

Lord Cameron held discussions with Mr Trump before making his way to Washington DC for discussions with Mr Blinken, other figures from the Biden administration and members of Congress.

Releasing a statement after the meeting, a spokesperson for Mr Trump said he had hosted the foreign secretary and British ambassador to the US, Karen Pierce, over dinner at his Mar-a-Lago estate “to discuss several issues impacting both countries”.

They added: “Among the topics discussed were the upcoming US and UK elections, policy matters specific to Brexit, the need for NATO countries to meet their defense spending requirements, and ending the killing in Ukraine.

“President Trump, Secretary Cameron and Ambassador Pierce also discussed their mutual admiration for the late Queen Elizabeth II.”

A Foreign Office spokesperson said the next portion of his trip in Washington would “focus on a range of shared US-UK priorities, including securing international support for Ukraine and bringing stability to the Middle East”.

But they played down Lord Cameron’s visit to see the former US president, who is seeking a return to the White House in this November’s US election.

“It is standard practice for ministers to meet with opposition candidates as part of their routine international engagement,” the spokesperson said.

Lord Cameron is not scheduled to meet current US President Joe Biden.