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In Fiery Interview With British Tabloid, Trump Criticizes Prime Minister, London Mayor

14 July 2018
In Fiery Interview With British Tabloid, Trump Criticizes Prime Minister, London Mayor

A US-UK trade deal "will absolutely be possible", US President Donald Trump has said, after he told The Sun that Theresa May's Brexit plan could kill an agreement.

The outspoken US president, on an official visit to the UK, warned Theresa May that her Brexit plan could "kill" any UK-US trade deal because Britain would remain so closely aligned to the European Union. "I actually told Theresa May how to do [Brexit], but she didn't listen to me", Trump said in the Sun interview, and then mused that May's Conservative Party rival, Boris Johnson, "would be a great prime minister". "She's a total professional, because when I saw her this morning I said, 'I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you"'.

Trump also told The Sun that May had ignored his advice on Brexit, telling the paper that "I would have done it much differently".

The President went on to say former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned over May's plan on Sunday, would "make a great Prime Minister".

U.S. President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the leader of the United States' closest ally in Europe, and tea with Queen Elizabeth, set against a backdrop of protests and what he described as the country's turmoil over Brexit.

Such comments are likely to be seen as unwelcome by Mrs May, who has already faced significant political criticism for hosting Mr Trump. I haven't been there in a long time.

Asked about Johnson's comments at a private dinner two weeks ago that Trump "would go in bloody hard" if he was handling Brexit, the President said: "He is right". Trump also said he was "cracking down" on the European Union as "they have not treated the U.S. fairly on trading".

A much-ballyhooed balloon of Trump as a snarling baby in diapers flew over the houses of Parliament for a couple of hours, with hundreds of people cheering as it floated upward and organizers hoping to bring it to other stops on Trump's tour of Britain, especially Turnberry in Scotland, where he will play golf at his resort Saturday.

Trump said the interview omitted his praise of May, and that his staff had taped the interview: "It's called fake news and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument".

"But from the public, the welcome will be far from warm", he added saying there would be protests across the country against Trump's "abysmal record on human rights, his repugnant attitude towards women and his disgusting treatment of minorities".

Despite the protests, Trump insisted ahead of his trip to the United Kingdom that he was well-liked in the country.

In the Sun interview, which was conducted during Wednesday's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump renewed attacks on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, with whom he has a long-running feud.

She is our Prime Minister.

"I do not think it's good for Europe and I don't think it's good for our country", Trump said.