Emily Thornberry fends May and criticises Trump over rude Brexit remarks

Ruben Ruiz
July 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he looked forward to finalizing a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, striking a contrasting tone to a newspaper interview when he said Prime Minister Theresa May's strategy would kill such an agreement.

CBC's Margaret Evans looks at some of Trump's more controversial criticisms of the United Kingdom.

For those of you fortunate enough to have missed it, it behooves us to inform you that Donald Trump is in town.

But it said the most likely outcome was that Mrs May would suggest that she explain her Brexit plan to Mr Trump, Mr Trump will agree to listen and "they'll both claim the story was overwritten, and then try to go about their day".

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

"I actually told Theresa May how to do (Brexit)", the US leader said in the interview, "but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me".

In another blow to May, Trump said her now ex-foreign secretary "would be a great prime minister".

May likewise glossed over the comments in the Sun.

"I'm confident it will happen, and the trade between our two countries is so important that it will be in our mutual interests to have a trade deal between the U.S. and the UK".

Opponents to the controversial U.S. leader have threatened mass protests but Mr Trump is expected to avoid areas such as central London where demonstrators are likely to gather.

"But instead the Tories are rewarding President Trump with a red carpet welcome".

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Trump also said former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who quit this week over May's Brexit plan, would make a "great prime minister".

"She should negotiate the best way she knows how".

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump said.

Things did not go entirely smoothly, however, with Mr Hudspeth adding: "The President went for a tour around the Churchill exhibition which lasted a lot longer than expected. I'm very strong on immigration".

USA officials said that while Trump made the comments attributed to him in the interview conducted in Brussels, he also had more praise for May in parts of it that were not published.

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 USA 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".

Many Britons who awoke to the visiting U.S. President Donald Trump's fusillade against the country, its prime minister's European Union exit strategy, its immigration policy and personal attacks on London's mayor Sadiq Khan - effectively blaming him directly for terror attacks in the capital city - may feel they are in a similar situation as they roll out the red carpet to a world leader seemingly intent on denigrating their nation.

Prime Minister May will host the reception, attended by a bevy of British business leaders from a range of sectors.

Protest organisers say they plan to stage demonstrations in some 50 cities around the UK.

In an interview with British tabloid The Sun, Trump said the planned protests made him feel unwelcome, prompting him to avoid the capital.

It comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan repeatedly called for the president's visit to the country to be canceled.

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