Trump stokes Britain's Brexit turmoil at start of visit

Rosalie Gross
July 13, 2018

The UK hopes to make progress on a post-Brexit trade relationship, although the scope for a bilateral trade deal would be limited if the UK remains aligned with European Union regulations on goods.

Trump came down firmly on the side of the Brexiteers, saying what May proposed would hurt the chances of a future trade deal between the U.K. and the United States.

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests, which on Friday will include a giant baby-shaped blimp bearing Trump's features, he said in Brussels: "They like me a lot in the UK".

In fact, much of Britain's division over Brexit - which has split the governing Conservative party and the public at large - stems from the June 2016 referendum on withdrawing from the European Union not including language about would come next.

The black-tie dinner, held in a stunning English country house, was expected to focus on post-Brexit trade, with 150 guests in attendance including cabinet members who were also pictured looking elegant in formal dress. "I think he's got what it takes". "I am very strong on immigration". "I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism", Trump continued.

Reports have indicated that his visit will be met with protests, prompting a warning from the U.S. Embassy in London, which advised Americans in the country to "keep a low profile" in case the demonstrations turn violent.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has granted permission for the blimp to fly over Westminster for two hours on Friday.

Trump has also slapped tariffs on European aluminum and steel.

Protests coinciding with Mr Trump's visit are set to take place in Glasgow this evening and in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Allies are concerned Trump won't be tough with Russia's president or even raise the issue of election meddling.

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"I think they like me a lot in the UK", Trump said in Brussels.

A US V22 Osprey military aircraft returns to Winfield House, the London residence of USA ambassador Woody Johnson, shortly after Marine One left with Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump to take them to Blenheim Palace.

Gatherings and rallies are planned across the United Kingdom from Thursday, when Mr Trump is expected to touch down in Britain.

He told press they would have to wait and see if he recognised Russia's annexation of the territory from Ukraine, but he also signed up, one day earlier, to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation declaration on non-recognition of Russia's "illegal" move.

During his 28 hours there, Trump had disparaged longtime North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session.

He added: "We'll see if they're still there in 10 years". But there was little evidence other leaders had bowed to his wishes on that front.

Trump's intervention comes at the end of a tumultuous few days for May.

"The United States' commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains very strong", Trump told reporters at a surprise news conference following an emergency session of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members held to address his threats.

May said in remarks during a banquet on Thursday with Mr. Trump at Blenheim Palace, Churchill's birthplace.

Prior to coming to London, the president claimed a personal victory at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit after telling European allies to increase spending or lose Washington's support.

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