Trump sends political shockwave through United Kingdom with interview on Brexit, protests

Ross Houston
July 13, 2018

Just hours before Trump's interview was published, May invoked Winston Churchill, a hero of Trump, as she addressed the USA president and business leaders at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, the grand 18th-century country house that was the birthplace of the British World War Two leader.

Before the Sun interview was published, May invoked Winston Churchill as she addressed Trump and business leaders at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, the grand 18th century country house that was the birthplace of the British World War Two leader.

Trump arrived in Britain after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defence spending.

It is considered rude to stand with your back to the monarch, and the Duchess of Sussex caused an outcry in June when she was photographed with her back to her new husband's grandmother at Royal Ascot.

"I would say Brexit is Brexit", he told reporters.

Asked about his trip to the UK, Trump said he was not concerned about protests because "they like me a lot there", suggesting the Brexit vote had come about because "they agree with me on immigration".


"The spirit of friendship and cooperation between our countries, our leaders and our people, that most special of relationships, has a long and proud history", she said, adding that the United States was "not just the closest of allies but the dearest of friends". I would say Brexit is Brexit.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned this week, leaves the Foreign Office on his way to Downing Street for a Cabinet meeting, in London, on Tuesday.

Ms. May quickly moved to fix the damage.

May has defended the plan, saying it delivers "on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders".

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the United States ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

Hundreds of placard-waving protesters gathered outside both Winfield House and Blenhein Palace late Thursday, but extensive cordons kept them far from Trump.


Shortly after Trump's comments were posted by The Sun, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted her boss holds his United Kingdom counterpart May in high esteem.

The president is expected to avoid areas where major demonstrations are planned in protest at his visit.

A demonstration will be held in Glasgow's George Square to coincide with Mr Trump's arrival.

Donald Trump will visit Windsor as part of his two-day trip to the UK. She was hoping to win over critics of her Brexit proposal with the release of a 104-page document outlining details of the plan. "He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the prime minister here in the U.K".

He also told the tabloid that he'd shared advice with May during Britain's negotiations with the European Union and she ignored it.

Trump added that May's "soft" blueprint for the UK's future dealings with the European Union would probably "kill" any future trade deals with the United States. The plan also doesn't deal with trade in services, including financial products, which accounts for 80 per cent of the country's economy.


Jacob Rees-Mogg - a leading Conservative Brexiteer and considered a potential alternative party leader by some - said it was perfectly reasonable for Trump to make such comments, adding that May now had an opportunity to change her mind on her Brexit plan. "This does not respect the referendum result". Organizers now say they hope to take the blimp on a "world tour", following Trump on his global diplomatic engagements.

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