Trump arrives in UK, criticizes prime minister, London mayor

Hannah Rogers
July 15, 2018

"I would have done it much differently".

Trump will attend a gala dinner Thursday with British and American officials at Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Trump told The Sun that conducted the interview while he was in Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit, that UK's blueprint for its post-Brexit relations with the European Union was "a much different deal than the people voted on".

He told The Sun newspaper that May's plan would "probably kill the deal" as it would mean the U.S. "would be dealing with the European Union" instead of with the UK.

After it was published, Whitehouse spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the President "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much", adding that he had "never said anything bad about her".

Trump may have ruffled feathers again when he said just before departing for Europe that the United Kingdom was in "turmoil", suggesting it was "up to the people" to decide if Prime Minister Theresa May remains in power after a few days that saw her authority challenged by the resignation of two prominent Cabinet ministers protesting her Brexit policy.

"On Friday she is going to have a separate program in London, and because it's in London I'm not able to share the location but she plans to meet veterans and local schoolchildren", a Downing Street spokeswoman told HuffPost U.K.

Responding to an earlier suggestion by President Trump that the British people were not getting the Brexit they voted for, Mrs May said: "We have come to an agreement on the proposal we are putting to the European Union which absolutely delivers on the Brexit we voted for".

May will seek to put the diplomatic tensions behind her when she hosts Trump today for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill. "So a lot of people don t like it", he said.

But leading Brexiteers, Boris Johnson and David Davis, resigned from the cabinet days after ministers reached agreement on the plan at Chequers a week ago. Two senior ministers resigned in protest this week at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

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A trade deal with the United States is one of the main aims of Brexit supporters within May's Conservative Party, who are concerned that she is making too many concessions to the EU.

Trump arrived in Britain after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defence spending.

"U.K. and USA special forces will be involved in a demonstration which will involve a counter-terrorism scenario and an outdoor capabilities demonstration showing equipment that the [British] special forces use when they conduct joint operations with their US counterparts", the Downing Street spokeswoman added. Since the president will travel by helicopter to locations, it is unlikely he'll actually see the demonstrations. He's a very people person. Moscow denies the charge, and Trump has given no indication that he intends to raise the issue with Putin.

"Now he might not like the current president, but I represent the United States", Trump said.

The request for the orange-hued blimp to fly was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who has had a testy Twitter relationship with Trump - after more than 10,000 people signed a petition.

Outside the mansion, near Oxford to the northwest of London, a couple of thousand demonstrators lined the road and booed Trump's arrival, one of over 100 protests police expect to take place during his four-day trip.

The US Ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, insisted last week that Trump's itinerary was not intentionally designed for him to avoid encountering throngs of protesters.

"I know Londoners are resolutely opposed to the politics of fear and despair".

Britain and the United States are the largest investors in each other's economies, with over a trillion dollars of investments between them, Mrs May, said, adding: "The strength and breadth of Britain's contribution to the USA economy can not be understated".

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