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Babiš meets Trump during D-Day celebrations

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and President Donald Trump discussed Czech-US relations and Trump's tour of Europe at their meeting during the D-Day celebrations.

Prime Minister Babiš announced that he had met Trump on his Twitter account. "We discussed the current issues of our relations, as well as the letter I sent him. I sent greetings from my wife Monika to the First Lady (Melania), and we talked about the program of the presidential couple´s tour of Europe,” Babiš wrote.

In his tweet, the PM did not specify what letter he was talking about. However, on Sunday, Babiš said on his Facebook profile that the letter he sent Trump concerns "the development of the negotiations on the purchase of US helicopters and future investments of Česká zbrojovka (Czech Armory) in the US". In the letter, Babiš also invited Trump's older daughter Ivanka to a business forum.

The Czech Army is currently planning to purchase 12 helicopters made in the US, which Babiš and Trump discussed during their March meeting at the White House. “It was wonderful to host you at the White House. I hope you enjoyed your time in Washington, D.C.,” Trump wrote about the recent meeting in a letter the Czech Prime Minister posted on Twitter last week.

Babiš visited Portsmouth on the south coast of England on the occasion of the D-Day celebrations along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For Trump, the commemoration of the events of June 1944 marks a final event of his three-day state visit to Britain, from where the US President heads to Ireland and then to France.

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