Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump eyes trade, tea with queen in 'Britain in turmoil'

Trump eyes trade, tea with queen in 'Britain in turmoil'

Some lawmakers in her deeply divided Conservative Party have cast May's "business-friendly" Brexit plan as a betrayal that would leave Britain too close to the European Union and warned that she might face a leadership challenge.

"I predicted Brexit. I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry - you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is lovely - the day before the Brexit vote", Trump said.

The London mayor said he was unsure why the US President was "singling him out". "That's all that matters".

"With the flexibility that is built into the white paper proposals, there is absolutely no reason why a trade deal between us and the USA can not happen and I think both sides do want it to happen".

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, supporters of Brexit have made much of the so-called special relationship with the United States and the benefits of forging closer trade ties with the world's biggest economy.

May has been making the case for a U.S. free trade deal with Trump, on his first United Kingdom visit as president.

But over on social media, it's also triggered a new meme, which involves a certain current British prime minister - who has been pictured looking positively smitten with her new guest. He said his aides have a tape of that interview, suggesting it could be released.

He said London mayor Sadiq Khan, who has allowed protesters to raise a giant diaper-clad balloon mocking the United States president next to parliament on Friday, was doing "a bad job" on crime.

Johnson resigned his post over Brexit this week, and Trump blasted May's "soft" Brexit proposal in an interview where he heaped praise on her rival, Johnson.

"Right now, we're going to be talking about some other things taking place in the Middle East and elsewhere".

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Embassy in Brussels , the president also lashed out at the Muslim mayor of London, saying he had done "a bad job". Trump , as he has before, criticized London's mayor, Sadiq Khan , as having "done a very bad job on terrorism".

"I would have done it much differently". The comments infuriated some of May's Conservative Party colleagues, including one who tweeted, "Where are your manners, Mr. President?" and another who chided Trump for diminishing "the standing of the great country he is meant to lead".

Johnson is actually remaining in government as a member of Parliament despite resigning as foreign secretary.

Watch Trump's response about May below, and listen to the "fake news" audio here.

"I am not pitting one against the other", Trump said of Johnson and May.

"The president likes and respects Prime Minister May very much", she said. I think she is a nice person.

In the wake of the interview, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement that appeared aimed to smooth things over.

"And President Trump has done very many interviews talking about me".

"So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad", he said. "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".

He then took a question from Fox News regarding his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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