Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Trump’s very AWKWARD meeting: May forced to discuss president’s Brexit-bashing interview

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Jeannette Daniel | 13 July, 2018, 20:39

"I was opening Turnberry the day before Brexit".

He repeated the falsehood during a press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

His trip has barely begun and Donald Trump has already delivered a blow to Theresa May with an interview laden with digs and a warning that the United Kingdom might not get a deal with the USA if it presses forward with the plan hammered out by the Prime Minister.

May was at pains to impress Trump and planned to push for a trade deal in their meeting - an accord which had seemed like a foregone conclusion in the early stages of their relationship.

The newspaper interview dropped on the same night May honored him at a black-tie dinner at Winston Churchill's ancestral home.

"I read reports that won't be possible but after speaking to May's people it will absolutely be possible".

He added that May should make sure "we don't have any restrictions" on post-Brexit trade, contrasting it with European Union tariffs on cars and restrictions on farm imports.

He told The Sun Mrs May's plan would affect trade "unfortunately in a negative way".

Trump has always been a Brexit supporter and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after Brexit, something heralded by eurosceptics as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc. Hundreds of protesters descended on the castle to voice their opposition to the president's visit. Trump told The Sun that Johnson, who resigned on Monday, would "make a great Prime Minister". She wanted to go a different route.

He added that he would like to meet Mr Johnson while in the UK.

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"I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point". I think he is a great representative for your country, ' Trump said, the Guardian reported.

Asked if he could become prime minister, he added: "Well I am not pitting one against the other". "And it's for President Trump to explain why he singled me as the mayor of London out and not the mayors of other cities and leaders of other cities".

Khan told BBC Radio Friday, "The idea that you can blame (a rise in crime) on immigration from Africa is I think preposterous and we should call him out when he does so".

Trump said he had made a suggestion to May on a negotiating tactic with Brussels that she had not taken because it was "maybe too brutal", but she could still use it if things took a turn for the worse.

A giant balloon depicting Donald Trump as a baby has been launched in London as the president wakes for his first full day in the British capital. However, under the blue skies of the Chequers' garden, he said their relationship was "the highest level of special".

"And of course we will discuss foreign policy and defence and security issues, where we work really closely together with the US".

Leaders of the financial services, travel, creative, food, engineering, technology, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and defence sectors were among around 100 guests at Blenheim who dined on Scottish salmon, English Hereford beef fillet and strawberries with clotted cream ice-cream.

On Friday, May and Trump will watch a joint counter-terrorism exercise by British and U.S. special forces at a military base.

The pair awkwardly shook hands for the cameras on the steps of the Prime Minister's official country residence in Buckinghamshire.

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