Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain, souring ties

President Donald Trump to visit Windsor on UK tour Trade and tea with queen for Trump in a Britain in 'turmoil'
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 16:27

In an interview with The Sun, Trump said May's long-awaited blueprint for Brexit, published this week, would "probably kill" any future trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. He also said May's arch-rival Boris Johnson-who resigned as foreign secretary on Monday in protest at the blueprint-would "make a great prime minister".

In a series of extraordinary broadsides, Trump told Friday's edition of The Sun that May's plan for post-Brexit ties with the European Union would "probably kill" the prospects for a trade deal with the US.

Some British politicians expressed outrage over Trump's interview, particularly his criticism of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit negotiation strategy and claim that she "didn't listen" to his advice on the issue.

Britain is now part of the EU's single market - which allows for the frictionless flow of goods and services among the 28 member states - and its tariff-free customs union for goods.

Melania Trump's spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One artist carved "F- Trump" into a crop circle that was reportedly visible on Trump's flight path to British Prime Minister Theresa May's country estate. Scottish police, however, said that the balloon could not fly over the Turnberry golf club Trump owns on the west coast of the country.

"I really look forward to meeting her".

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". "Taken as a whole, [the plan] recreates numerous worst aspects of the European Union the British people voted to leave", Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg told the House of Commons on Thursday.

Trump said Khan had done "a very bad job on terrorism" and said he had "not been hospitable to a government that is very important". "I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way".

Trump sends political shockwave through United Kingdom with interview on Brexit, protests
The Trumps arrived at Stansted Airport near London on Air Force One earlier that afternoon for the controversial trip to Britain. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me. "I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly".

Most of the protests against Trump have taken aim and his anti-immigrant rhetoric, as well as his administration's policy of separating undocumented parents and children who cross the USA border. The Trumps will be staying with Johnson on Thursday night, one day before a mass demonstration against Trump's policies is set to take place in London.

"As he said in his interview with the Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her.' He thought she was great on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation today and is a really terrific person", Sanders wrote.

It comes just days after Trump declined to say whether May should remain in post, said he had "always liked" Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over the Chequers agreement, and described the United Kingdom as being in "turmoil". "I think he's got what it takes".

He also criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, blaming him for recent attacks and violence. "And it's for President Trump to explain why he singled me as the mayor of London out and not the mayors of other cities and leaders of other cities". So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.

The comments will plunge the transatlantic "special relationship" to new lows, making for extremely awkward talks with May when the two meet at her country retreat of Chequers later on Friday.

Thousands of people are expected to protest against the president in London on Friday, when a 20-foot (6-meter) balloon depicting the president as a screaming baby will be flown near Parliament.

Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London, however.