The US presidential cars arrive at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire
13 July, 2018, 20:44
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".
No sitting US president has ever made such biting public criticism of a British prime minister while visiting, and his comments undermined May in her party, her country and overseas.
The PM and the president will now be locked in hours of talks at Chequers that will culminate in what promises to be an awkward press conference at her country residence.
"We've got a lot to discuss", May said, adding they would talk about the British-U.S.
It accused the U.S. president of "publicly undercutting Prime Minister Theresa May", adding: "Coming after his combative performance in Brussels with leaders of the 28 other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations, the day amounted to a global disruption tour unlike anything undertaken by any other recent American president". Protesters flew a blimp depicting the USA president as an orange, snarling baby outside the British parliament. "The U.S. has always stood by our side as a beacon for tolerance, openness and respect", he said in a statement on Thursday. The comments infuriated some of May's Conservative Party colleagues, including one who tweeted, "Where are your manners, Mr. President?" and another who chided Trump for diminishing "the standing of the great country he is meant to lead".
Mr Khan continued to refuse to rise to Trump's taunts after the US President attacked him again on his visit to the UK.
"I didn't criticize the prime minister", Trump said.
Trump also told The Sun that May had ignored his advice on Brexit, telling the paper that "I would have done it much differently".
"I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad", he said.
"Our trade and investment relationship is unrivalled - we are the largest investors in each other's economies and every day a million British people go to work for U.S. companies in the United Kingdom and a million Americans go to work for United Kingdom companies in the U.S.", May said.
"Fortunately, we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you'd like it", he said.
Trump told The Sun he plans to avoid the large protests that are expected during his visit, and he also addressed the 20-feet "Trump Baby" blimp that took flight over Parliament Square Friday. "The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for".
After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending, Trump landed in Britain having described the closest U.S. ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit. He and First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in the late afternoon.
In a near replay of their famous hand-holding at the White House, the president briefly took Mrs May's hand after arriving as they went up the stairs into the palace following a performance from a military band.
"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".