Trump says he feels 'unwelcome' in London due to protests
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 14, 2018,
Jul 14, 2018, 21:07
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave his permission for the blimp to fly.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has pitched for an "unprecedented" free trade deal with the USA after Brexit with a promise to tear down "bureaucratic barriers" to trade as she hosted a lavish welcome dinner for President Donald Trump at the Blenheim Palace. The US president goes out of his way to embarrass his host during his trip to Britain, telling The Sun newspaper that the United Kingdom probably won't get a trade deal with the US under the prime minister's plan.
He criticised Mrs May for the way she handled negotiations over Brexit negotiations, saying "she didn't listen to me" and that the deal she is pursuing "is not what the people voted on" and will affect trade with the U.S. "in a negative way".
Trump also sought to ease tensions over his interview comments, saying he "didn't criticize the prime minister" and suggesting the article left out the "tremendous things" he said about May.
Trump trashes Brexit plan: Trump fires a salvo at May's Brexit strategy.
US President Donald Trump arrived in London on Thursday on a two-day visit and said he is "fine" about the protests expected to be held during his tour, saying Britons "like me a lot". The monarch carried her handbag on the arm nearest Mr Trump as they went to inspect soldiers of the Coldstream Guards on ceremonial duty.
Of Boris Johnson, Trump said: "He's a very talented guy, I like him a lot". He called Crimea "a bad hand" that he was trying to fix, but wouldn't go into details.
But Trump declined to provide any details about the advice he provided May.
A march in support of Trump will start at the U.S. Embassy on the south bank of the River Thames and end near the prime minister's residence at Downing Street on Saturday.
After the interview was published, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the President "likes and respects May very much", adding that he had "never said anything bad about her".
His comments reflect numerous concerns of eurosceptics in May's Conservative party, risking fuelling a revolt sparked by the resignations of Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis over the plan this week.
He said: "I think he's a great representative for your country".
Because of the wave of immigration, Trump said, Europe is "losing [its] culture".
He blamed Russia's takeover of Crimea on his predecessor, calling it "an Obama disaster", and added that he didn't think Putin "would do it with me".
"I get thousands of notifications from people in the UK that they love the President of the United States".
"I think he thinks I'm doing a great job".
"I know you'll ask, 'Will we be talking about meddling?' And I will absolutely bring that up", Trump said.
Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth.
In her remarks at the dinner on Thursday, May insisted a trade deal between the United States and Britain was still possible, apparently oblivious that the President had already undercut her. "You see what " s going on throughout the world with immigration. She's just an incredible woman.