Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump says May's Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal

Trump says May's Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal

"The UK certainly has a lot of things going on", he said, referring to the resignations of Britain's Brexit and foreign ministers over the government's plan for ties with the European Union after it leaves the bloc in March.

Trump arrived at Stansted Airport, north of London, early Thursday afternoon.

"It's a disastrous and divisive time and Trump is very much part of that", he said.

The comments from Mr Trump will send shockwaves through Westminster - and emerged as the prime minister hosted him at a lavish banquet at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Ben Stewart, from the campaign group, said: "Theresa May should not have dignified Trump with a visit to the UK".

"I think they like me a lot in the UK", Trump said in Brussels. "I think it's a travesty of British values". We are cracking down right now on the European Union because they have not treated the United States fairly on trading.

Trump then travelled by helicopter to the USA ambassador's residence in London.

He told reporters: "He's been very nice to me".

After arriving by helicopter, Trump stood alongside May on a red carpet on the steps of Blenheim Palace while a military band of British army guardsmen, wearing tall black bearskin hats and red jackets, performed for the two leaders and their spouses.

Trump, who meets with Putin in Helsinki next week, said he would raise Russia's interference in the 2016 elections but added "I don't think you'll have any "Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me" " response from the Russian Federation leader.

"The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do".

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But her address to Mr Trump at the Oxfordshire stately home - the birthplace of Winston Churchill - followed a Brussels press conference where the United States leader highlighted Government divisions over Brexit.

The president also took aim at London mayor Sadiq Khan and immigration in Europe in the interview.

Mr Trump's son Eric has arrived in Scotland for a golfing visit to Trump International Golf Links at Menie, Aberdeenshire, and Trump Turnberry, near Girvan, South Ayrshire.

But as President Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday, he will find plenty of people who think it is more important to oppose him than it is to nurture U.S. -U.K. ties.

"Whatever you do is okay with us, just make sure we can trade together, that's all that matters", he told May at a press conference in the grounds of the 16th-century manor house, miles away from the colourful crowds denouncing his own domestic policies.

Late previous year, Ms May herself criticised Mr Trump for retweeting a message by a member of a British far-right group, and the speaker of parliament has said the president would not be welcome to address the chamber. And a year ago Trump was critisied across the political spectrum for deriding London's mayor's response to an Islamist attack.

The president used a press conference in Brussels to describe the United Kingdom as a "hot spot right now with a lot of resignations" and dismissed the Prime Minister's Chequers plan on the next stage of Brexit.

The president is then set to take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, before heading to Scotland and the rolling green landscape of his golf course. "And I said to him, 'This special relationship is better than ever, ' and he said, 'It is.' I could see the chemistry between them was very good", Ruddy said.

Ms May made a direct pitch for a trade deal with Washington, praising the friendship between the two allies, glossing over Mr Trump's previous remarks that Britain was a "hot spot" in turmoil over Brexit.

His itinerary is keeping him largely outside of London in an apparent attempt to minimise his exposure to protesting crowds (and giant balloons depicting him as an orange, phone-clutching baby, like the one being flown near Parliament).

"We talked for an hour and a half, and it was really something", Trump said at Chequers, the British prime minister's country home, upon his arrival Friday morning.

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