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British reporter asks Trump about his 'alarming' statements. The president's reply prompts laughter.

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May participate in a joint press conference at the East Room of the White House Friday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump prompted laughter Friday during his first official joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

May called on BBC News reporter Laura Kuenssberg, who asked Trump about some of his previous comments, including his stated support the use of torture, his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a proposed ban on some Muslims entering the country and once saying that women who get abortions should be face "some form of punishment."

“For many people in Britain, those sound like alarming beliefs. What do you say to our viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and are worried about you becoming the leader of the free world?" Kuenssburg asked Trump.

Trump's response prompted loud laughter from the audience of reporters and White House staff.

"This was your choice of a question?" Trump said, looking over at May.

"There goes that relationship," Trump added.

All joking aside, Trump said earlier during the same press conference that he expects to get along with May "very well."

Trump also said Friday that he will defer to his defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, when it comes to the use of torture. Mattis has said that he does not feel torture or "enhanced interrogation" methods are effective.

As for banning some Muslims from entering the U.S., the Trump administration announced Wednesday a new executive order that temporarily halts entry of citizens from certain Muslim majority countries in the Middle East.

Trump has said that if Putin likes him, he considers that "an asset, not a liability."

Trump and Putin are scheduled to speak by phone Saturday. According to Reuters, the two are likely to discuss U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia under former President Barack Obama.

(H/T: The Hill)

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