Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Trump says London 'baby' blimp makes him feel unwelcome

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are seen during Trump says London 'baby' blimp makes him feel unwelcome
Melinda Barton | 13 July, 2018, 20:18

Thousands of people waving banners and banging pots and pans took to the streets of London on Friday to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump on his first official visit to Britain as president.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the president "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much", adding that he said in the interview she "is a very good person" and that he "never said anything bad about her". "Can they make it for so many people?" the president said.

Later in the press conference at the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, Mr Trump verbally sparred with the Sun reporter who had interviewed him, Tom Newton Dunn.

The summit came as transatlantic ties are already under strain due to U.S. trade tariffs, along with fears that Trump's summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin will pull him further from Nato's orbit.

On Thursday, Trump had said, "I think they like me a lot in the U.K".

"The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on". "I'm a very stable genius".

'I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister.

He used the forum to again blast the "rigged witch hunt", his term for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election, saying it "hurts" US and Russian relations.

A spokesman for The Sun said in a statement provided to the Press Association: "We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used-including those where the president was positive about the prime minister, in both the paper and in our audio-and we're delighted that the president essentially retracted his original charge against the paper later in the press conference. I think he is a great representative for your country".

Trump blazed into the summit yesterday by demanding that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to two per cent of GDP "immediately" - instead of by 2024 as previously agreed.

But since coming to power previous year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin amid tensions between Moscow and the West.

Trump has repeatedly questioned Russia's role in meddling in the 2016 presidential election and has said he believes Putin's claim that his government did not interfere in Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

And in a newspaper interview, Trump continued to hammer Mr Khan - saying he was doing a "terrible job". He said he warned British Prime Minister Theresa May not to work toward a so-called "soft Brexit" that would maintain political and economic ties with the continent.

You have a mayor who has done a awful job in London.

Speaking with CBS' "Face the Nation," she said the notion Obama let Crimea be invaded is "outrageous".

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", Trump said.

"Putin dispatched Russian special forces to Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in February 2014, after protesters in Kyiv forced the downfall of corrupt Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a Kremlin client". I haven't been there in a long time.