Monday, 23 July, 2018

Donald Trump apologises to British PM Theresa May over ‘fake news’

Protests gear up to greet Trump on UK state visit Nasty one day, nice the next: Donald Trump woos Theresa May after bashing Brexit
Ellis Copeland | 14 July, 2018, 08:41

"I didn't criticize the prime minister", Trump falsely claimed.

"I would say I would give our relationship in terms of grade the highest level of special", Mr Trump said. "Whatever you're going to do is OK with us just make sure we can trade together-that's all that matters".

Trump's pomp-filled visit to the United Kingdom has been overshadowed by massive protests and an explosive interview in The Sun in which he blasted May, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was "losing its culture" because of immigration.

"Very bad stuff", she wrote.Trump shocked British media and many in the US when he openly attacked May's plan for Brexit during his Thursday interview with The Sun, before going further to lament that "millions" of immigrants were forever altering Europe's cultural makeup."I would have done it much differently", Trump said of May's Brexit plan.

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MARTIN: Theresa May - excuse me - Theresa May said that she supports Donald Trump's upcoming visit.

Despite a series of diplomatic spats between Britain and Trump, the British government is hoping for a quick trade deal with the USA after it leaves the European Union.

"We have left North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with more money, more spirit, more unity than even before", Trump said.

"And I think he's not been hospitable to a government that is a very important government".

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The Reverend Nigel Sinclair, a 53-year-old Church of England preacher, came in what he called his Sunday vicar's outfit, carrying a sign that showed how Trump's ideas differ from those of Jesus Christ. And you don't hear it very much anymore. I think she's a very tough negotiator", he said of May, going on to call her a "very, very smart and determined person ...

Downing Street said Mrs May had presented the U.S. president with a gift of an illustrated ancestral chart of his Scottish heritage through his mother, and his wife with a bespoke perfume called the First Lady in a custom bottle. "In any bilateral negotiation with any other country in the world, the USA would be the stronger party", Berenberg Economics said in a report. May, who was already reeling from a backlash within her Conservative Party caucus over a new Brexit plan she announced last week that included a customs arrangement with the EU. "I think he is a great representative for your country", Trump told the newspaper. It goes with "Fake Schmooze", and says Trump has been "forced" into a climbdown to patch things up with Theresa May.

"The UK can't afford to alienate either the U.S. or the European Union, its two largest foreign trade partners, and will not be able to choose an "either-or" solution", commented Fiona Cincotta, senior market analyst at City Index in London. I think that this should get a lot of attention. Anti-Trump protesters lined the road up to the building, but it is unlikely the Trumps - who arrived via helicopter - saw them.

After leaving Chequers, Trump travelled to Windsor Castle to have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth II has met every U.S. president since 1952, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.

The president also pledged to raise the issue of election meddling during the summit and said he would tell Putin not to interfere in future USA elections.

The Trumps European trip continues with a weekend trip to Scotland before arriving in Helsinki, Finland, for a highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I know they have had a lot of resignations. I think what has happened is very tough.

Trump conceded that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels earlier this week at times got "testy" over his demands that European nations increase their spending on defense, but he said it ended with "more unity" and "more spirit" and that Putin would see those headlines, not ones that talked about the alliance's divisions.

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