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US President Donald Trump insisted he did not criticise Theresa May in the interview that dominated the build-up to the two leaders' press conference.

The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Trump told the Prime Minister to be "brutal" and "tough" in her negotiations with the European Union over Brexit.

"We agreed today that as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union we will pursue an ambitious U.S. -UK free trade agreement", she said.

"It would be better if [the London Mayor] stopped engaging in this war against Donald Trump and got on with ... dealing with the crisis in crime", Farage said, pointing to the vicious attack on former British ambassador to the U.S. Sir Christopher Meyer Wednesday, which took place at one of the capital's major railway stations in broad daylight.

In the interview with the Sun, Trump - who has been a long-time supporter of Brexit - said May had not listened to his advice on how to do a Brexit deal, saying: "I would have done it much differently".

The more conciliatory tone drove the pound back to the levels where it had started the day, at about $1.32. "Just make sure we can trade together", Trump said.

During the press conference, Mr Trump - who regularly accuses the USA media of "fake news" over its coverage of him - also clashed with a reporter from the American NBC network, describing it as "possibly worse than CNN". "She said: "Don't worry, it's only the press". And he marveled during the joint appearance at Chequers, the 16th century country residence used by British prime ministers since the 1920s.

Fresh from sending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation into crisis talks and ahead of a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, Trump shocked Britain's political establishment when he criticised May's plans for ties with the European Union after Britain leaves in March.

Watched by the two leaders' teams, including Mr Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, and national security adviser, John Bolton, and their opposite numbers, Gavin Barwell and Sir Mark Sedwill, the USA president and Theresa May began by reaffirming the value of the special relationship before embarking on a geopolitical tour that advertised division as much as unity.

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Protesters gathered in central London to denounce the visit for stoking "division along fault lines of fear and hatred". If Trump said it, it's not clear when or where. "This President likes the interpersonal connection with people".


"I predicted Brexit. I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry - you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is lovely - the day before the Brexit vote", Trump said.

"It's called fake news", he said. "I didn't criticize the prime minister", he said.

Trump's interview published Thursday amounted to a stunning diplomatic affront for a visiting U.S. president, emerging while Trump was still at a gala dinner May threw in honor of his visit.

"Whichever way you cut it, it's a pretty dramatic Friday 13th", Farage said, commenting on some of the frantic reactions seen in Britain since the US leader's arrival to the island nation.

In an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, Trump became the latest critic of May's Brexit plans, which foresee a closer relationship with the European Union (EU) after Britain leaves the 28-member economic bloc next year, than many hard-Brexit supporters are demanding.

The "Trump Baby" blimp that was expected as part of the protests floated up outside of Britain's House of Parliament on Friday morning.

Trump's schedule, however, will largely keep him out of central London.

Blimp organizer Leo Murray told CNN the giant balloon had been created to speak to Trump "in a language that he understands, which is personal insults".

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