Amid Protests, Trump Meeting with Theresa May After Criticizing Her over Brexit

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2018

Pres. Trump denies interview with The Sun was critical of Prime Minister Theresa May.

He also labeled the interview with The Sun as fake news and said it did not include the positive things he had said about the prime minister. And you know, he's frankly used Donald Trump to really help define himself even further in this city as a defender of these sorts of liberal values and multicultural values which, you know, you and I began the conversation on with immigration. Mr. Trump said he'd offered a "suggestion" to Ms.

The president said: "The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we make sure we can trade and we don't have any restrictions because we want to trade with the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom wants to trade with us".

"I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead", she said in the statement, according to the BBC.

He said that May's new, softer approach to Brexit - which would leave Britain sticking to a "common rulebook" with Brussels on goods - would kill off the chances of a much sought-after USA -U.K. trade deal.

"I said, 'I want to apologise because I said such good things about you, ' And she said, 'Don't worry, it's only the press, '" Trump said of their purported conversation.

The headline in question: "TRUMP'S BREXIT BLAST Donald Trump told Theresa May how to do Brexit "but she wrecked it" - and says the U.S. trade deal is off".


The FT also plays up the president's change of course, though with Brexit on its mind, saying "Trump switches tack on Brexit in bid to mend bridges with May". All told, they're planning more than 60 marches around the country, with the biggest expected for Friday in London.

May echoed that, saying, "I think we have already struck up a good relationship".

"It's called fake news", Mr Trump declared.

"The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much". I think she's a very tough negotiator", he said of May, going on to call her a "very, very smart and determined person ...

Activists kicked off the demonstrations on Friday by floating a six-metre-high (20-ft) blimp outside parliament depicting the US president as a snarling orange baby.

A British reporter put a pointed question to Trump, asking what he would say to people who were fearful of his election, to which Trump quipped, "That was your choice of a question?"

He first retold the false story in an interview with The Sun, a British newspaper. But he acknowledged that Brexit is a "very complicated negotiation and not an easy negotiation, that's for sure". "I think he's got what it takes and I think he has got the right attitude to be a great prime minister".


This did not inspire confidence from Trump, and the Chequers agreement that May had reached with cabinet members was deemed "very unfortunate". Anti-Trump protesters lined the road up to the building, but it is unlikely the Trumps - who arrived via helicopter - saw them.

Protests are also planned at locations including Windsor, where Trump will meet with Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II has met every United States president since 1952, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.

A small group of pro-Trump supporters waved the USA flag alongside the Union Jack, chanting "We want Trump" and "Trump for 2020".

He then took a question from Fox News regarding his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it". "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?"

That was why the government's white paper was "veiled by strategic ambiguity on trade in goods", said Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, director of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels.


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