Trump visit to United Kingdom begins on awkward note

Ross Houston
July 14, 2018

"Today we're talking trade, we're talking military, we just moved some incredible anti terrorism things.The relationship is very, very strong", Trump told reporters.

He added that there was "a tremendous opportunity to double, triple, quadruple" trade between the U.S. and the UK.

In an interview with The Sun tabloid published as Trump was attending a gala with May, Trump accused her of ruining what the stood to gain from Brexit and said her "soft" blueprint for the UK's future dealings with the European Union would probably "kill" any future trade deals with the United States. Just make sure we can trade together. I think she's a terrific woman, and I think she's doing a terrific job. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the awful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in". "But Boris Johnson, I think would be a great Prime Minister".

"Scottish Secretary David Mundell greeted the president at Prestwick on Friday night and said: "(Mr Trump) said he had been in Scotland many times and was very pleased to be here as president.

He added: "I think our Prime Minister should have the confidence to speak to the US President on equal terms and it's for President Trump to say what he wants about me; I'm not going to rise to President Trump's views".

There are reportedly more than 60 protests scheduled to take place throughout Trump's four day working visit to the nation, with roughly 50 to 100,000 people expected to come out to oppose the president, according to CNBC.

"I could fully understand why she thought it was a little bit tough". "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".

"You can't walk away but you can do other things".

In the interview with the Sun, Trump - who has been a long-time supporter of Brexit - said May had not listened to his advice on how to do a Brexit deal, saying: "I would have done it much differently".

A trade deal with the United States is supposed to be the big prize of Brexit, with its potential for largely compensating for the economic loss that would ensue by exiting the European Single Market.

After Trump's interview was published, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the president "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much", adding that he had "never said anything bad about her".

Journalist Tom Newton Dunn, Trump's interviewer, said the president seemed "sensitive" about the inflatable "Trump baby" being flown over London and its accompanying protests, set for Friday.

"I think it's a travesty of British values. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago". "He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K".

Mrs May was forced to give a defence of immigration after the United States president said it was behind the Brexit vote, linked it to terrorism in Europe and reopened his feud with
the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The US president did not have such glowing words for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, however.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described the British White Paper on Brexit as an evolution of the UK's position, but he did not think it provided a solution to Brexit.

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