Theresa May welcomed Donald Trump to Downing Street just days before she is due to step down as Prime Minister.

The Maidenhead MP, who last month announced she would resign from the top job on June 7 after several failed attempts to deliver Brexit, met the US President as part of his state visit to the UK.

The two leaders paid tribute to the enduring strength of the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States in a joint press conference, with Mrs May saying it was a relationship based on "shared interests and values".

At the same time she frankly acknowledged that their talks had covered areas of difference including climate change, China and Iran.

She added: "As with our predecessors when we have faced threats to our security of our citizens and our allies we have stood together and acted together."

Mr Trump meanwhile held out the prospect of a "phenomenal" trade deal with the United States once Britain has left the EU.

The president also said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had asked for a meeting, but he had refused, describing Mr Corbyn as a "somewhat negative force".

He also predicted the UK and US would reach agreement over how to deal with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, saying the two countries would work out any differences and continue to share intelligence.

Asked if the US could impose limits on intelligence sharing if the UK used Huawei infrastructure, Mr Trump said: "No because we're gonna have absolutely an agreement on Huawei and everything else. We have an incredible intelligence relationship and we will be able to work out any differences.

"We did discuss it - I see absolutely no limitations, we've never had limitations. This is a truly great ally and partner and we'll have no problem with that."

However, there was no handshake between the pair.

The US President, who was involved in an awkward "fist bump" greeting with the Queen on Monday, avoided a repeat incident by not shaking the Prime Minister's hand outside Number 10.

The two leaders had already seen each other on Tuesday morning, spending time together with business leaders at St James' Palace.

Mrs May and husband Philip greeted the president and First Lady Melania Trump as they arrived in Downing Street.

Both Mrs May and her husband shook hands with the First Lady while Mr Trump shook hands with Mr May.

The US President also said he believed Brexit should and will happen.

Saying that he had "predicted" what was going to happen with the vote to leave the EU, he said: "I thought it was going to happen because of immigration more than anything else but probably it happens for a lot of reasons. But I would say, yeah, I would think that it will happen and it probably should happen.

"This is a great, great country and it wants its own identity. It wants to have its own borders, it wants to run its own affairs. This is a very, very special place and I think it deserves a special place."

He praised the Prime Minister for doing "a very good job" in getting the Brexit negotiations to this point.