Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain

13 July, 2018, 16:25 | Author: Myra Gill
  • President Donald Trump to visit Windsor on UK tour

Trump also set a hard line on the country's ongoing "Brexit" negotiations, telling the tabloid that he advised Prime Minister Theresa May against the "soft" blueprint she recently presented to alleviate economic fallout as the country separates from the European Union.

Trump flew into Britain on Thursday, having already subjected North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to a roasting over their levels of defence spending.

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.

He told the newspaper that Britain remaining so closely aligned to the European Union under her plans would undermine a United Kingdom -U.S. trade pact - which is seen as one of the biggest prizes after quitting the bloc.

Before his arrival, Trump declared the United Kingdom was in "turmoil", offering minimal support to the British PM over her handling of Brexit, expressing hope he would meet "friend" Boris Johnson during the visit.

"I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, right?"

Johnson and Trump are both critical of the UK PM's handling of Brexit, likening her plans as causing Britain to function like a "colony state" unable to make its own laws. "I just want the people to be happy".

He said "the deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

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.

Trump said that one of them, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, "would be a great Prime Minister".


May is trying to unify her deeply divided Conservative Party behind her Brexit plans with some of her own lawmakers openly speaking of a leadership challenge.

Amid mass protests against the president's visit, Donald Trump's itinerary features a relatively short stay in London, with a lavish black-tie dinner to be held for him at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday night.

"They voted for us to take back control of our money, our law and our borders", she said.

"This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

Trump's undiplomatic attack on May, his host, will likely raise the temperature around an already controversial visit. A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 percent had an unfavorable opinion of the president and just 50 percent thought his visit should go ahead. "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". "I get along with her very nicely".

In an interview with British tabloid The Sun, Trump said the planned protests made him feel unwelcome, prompting him to avoid the capital. Mr. Trump has been a keen supporter of Brexit and on Thursday he appeared to echo those concerns.

An activist group was given permission to fly the blimp over London during Trump's visit, which will reportedly be met with up to 200,000 protestors in the streets.

The controversy will shadow the president across Britain on Friday much like the 20-foot (6-meter) tall balloon depicting Trump as an angry baby that was inflated in London early Friday and will be airborne for his visit.

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