May Day: Trump blasts British prime minister ahead of meeting

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 13, 2018

Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint press conference following their meeting at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, near Ellesborough, northwest of London on July 13, on the second day of Trump's United Kingdom visit.

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.

Asked about Trump's comments, May said: "We're delivering on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders".

"I didn't criticise the PM", Trump said at a press conference at the prime minister's official retreat in Chequers on Friday afternoon.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave the greenlight to activists to fly a giant balloon depicting an orange baby Trump throwing a tantrum during the US president's visit.

"No, if they do that I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States".

The controversy shadowed Trump across Britain, much like the 20-foot (6-meter) tall balloon depicting him as an angry baby that flew for a few hours in London during his visit. The president "is not avoiding anything" relying on helicopters, U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said, rather he is "trying to get as impactful a trip as he can get within a 24-hour period".

But older voters who voted for Brexit in far greater numbers than their juniors, were much more likely to say Mr Trump could be trusted: 51% of people aged 55 and over consider Mr Trump trustworthy, while 62% of 18-34s think he is not to be trusted. "I didn't criticize the prime minister", Trump falsely claimed.

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"The spirit of friendship and cooperation between our countries, our leaders and our people, that most special of relationships, has a long and proud history", she said, adding that the United States was "not just the closest of allies but the dearest of friends".

"It takes two to tango, and I'm not tweeting President Trump or saying beastly things about him", Khan said, according to iTV.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker, reporting from London, said Trump is seen as a "divisive figure" by the protesters.

"I wanted to make it very clear that, when Trump came to the country, that we don't agree with his policies", said Kimberley, 35, at the protests in central London.

The interview has overshadowed what was an important visit by Trump for May's government.

Trump had words of praise, however, for former British Foreign Minister Johnson who resigned earlier this week over the soft Brexit strategy, saying Johnson would "make a great prime minister". "We need to show across the world that we are not going to stand for our women's rights, which have been so hard-won and so hard fought for, to be demolished by a monster like Trump".

In contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership. "I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism", he said.

Tens of thousands were expected to take part in a demonstration later in the day in London, as well as in other British cities.

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