Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Donald Trump causes major headaches for Theresa May during UK visit

Donald Trump causes major headaches for Theresa May during UK visit

He told the newspaper that Britain remaining so closely aligned to the European Union under her plans would undermine a United Kingdom -U.S. trade pact - which is seen as one of the biggest prizes after quitting the bloc.

President Donald Trump will get the red-carpet treatment on his brief visit to Britain beginning today: military bands at a gala dinner, lunch with the prime minister at her country residence and tea with the queen at Windsor Castle before flying off to one of his golf clubs in Scotland.

The property tycoon also raised the high profile departures of David Davis and Boris Johnson earlier this week over the Brexit plans agreed at Chequers.

"I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", Trump said.

Mr Trump also said that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - who disagrees with the PM on Brexit and resigned this week - would make a "great prime minister", adding "I think he's got what it takes". "I'm just saying, I think he'd be a great prime minister".

He cast doubts on whether the Prime Minister was delivering what the British people had voted for in the European Union referendum.

Sterling fell half a percent to a 1-1/2 week low of $1.3131, partly on Trump's comments.

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"Where are your manners, Mr President?"

Emily Thornberry, Labour's shadow foreign secretary, told ITV's Good Morning Britain show it is "extraordinarily rude of Donald Trump to behave like this". Two senior ministers resigned in protest this week at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

Many have cast May's plan as a betrayal, including lawmakers in her deeply divided Conservative Party, who have warned that she might face a leadership challenge.

The "millions and millions of people" who are immigrating to Europe is "very, very sad", Trump said, telling The Sun that "allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame".

Speaking at Chequers, both leaders refused to respond to questions about Mr Trump's explosive interview where he suggested Theresa May may have jeopardised the long-promised trade deal between the United States and Britain.

"I also represent a lot of people in Europe because a lot of people from Europe are in the United States", he said.

She listed Mr Trump's immigration policies, bans on some people entering the USA, his foreign policies, and lack of support for taking action on climate change as having affects across the globe.

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Asked if the ex-minister could be in No. 10 one day, he replied: "Well I am not pitting one against the other".

The president is expected to avoid areas where major demonstrations are planned in protest at his visit.

A mass demonstration called "Together Against Trump" by left-wing campaign groups is organised for Friday, with a giant balloon of Trump depicted as a crying baby in a nappy set to fly next to the British parliament.

He went on to say: "There might be protests, but I believe that the people in the UK, Scotland, Ireland, I think those people, they like me a lot".

"My message to those coming to the protests in London is that this must be peaceful and good-spirited", he said.

In contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.

Trump also said in the interview that he "never said anything bad about" May, after The Washington Post reported that Trump thinks of the leader as a "bossy schoolteacher".

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