President says relationship with May is 'very strong' despite trade deal doubts

Carla Harmon
July 13, 2018

Protesters against Trump's visit gather near an entrance to the USA ambassador's residence in Regent's Park in London on Thursday. "As he said in his interview with the Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her, '" White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

In an interview published just hours before the two leaders held talks, Trump chided the "very unfortunate" results of the prime minister's strategy for negotiating Britain's departure from the European Union.

But it said the most likely outcome was that Mrs May would suggest that she explain her Brexit plan to Mr Trump, Mr Trump will agree to listen and "they'll both claim the story was overwritten, and then try to go about their day".

Trump, who has linked his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a slim majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union, complained, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

Trump and his wife, Melania, met British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip for a formal dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday.

May likewise glossed over the comments in the Sun.

"So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad", he said.


Following a visit to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst on Friday morning, Trump flew to Chequers in Buckinghamshire by helicopter to avoid the protesters who are demonstrating his visit.

Former US ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner tweeted that it was "unprecedented to attack ally during state visit" and said Mr Trump was "out of control and an embarrassment".

"Another potential ally she lost is President Trump who said the way that May is dealing with the Brexit process is "unfortunate" and "will probably kill" any chance of a bilateral deal between the United States and the UK".

"She should negotiate the best way she knows how".

Trump's visit is one of the biggest mutual aid operations for police in recent years, requiring similar resources to the 2014 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Wales, the council said.

"I don't think it will kill the deal".

President Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Sun, said British Prime Minister Theresa May ignored his advice on Brexit, a move he said threatens to scuttle a trade deal with the U.S.


Of Johnson, he said: "I have a lot of respect for Boris".

There are street protests of Trump's first visit to Britain since taking office almost 18 months ago.

"I'm not going to rise to the individual things President Trump says", Khan tells Mary Louise in London.

Khan approved the protesters' plan to fly the Trump blimp over London earlier this month, while police in Scotland have rejected their proposal for Trump's visit to Turnberry there over the weekend.

In the interview, Trump chastised another nemesis - London Mayor Sadiq Khan - accusing him of having done a "very bad job on terrorism".

But over on social media, it's also triggered a new meme, which involves a certain current British prime minister - who has been pictured looking positively smitten with her new guest.

Trump, meanwhile, has no such problem; the only question on his United Kingdom trip was how the world's most powerful politician could best cause trouble and make himself the centre of attention at a time when May and her government were doing their best to keep him confined to carefully choreographed environments outside London.


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