Five things we have learned from Donald Trump’s visit

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2018

"If they [UK] do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", Trump told The Sun newspaper on Thursday when asked about May closing her Brexit agreement with the EU.

Thousands of protesters also marched through the streets of London on Friday as Trump met Prime Minister Theresa May and the Queen earlier on Friday. "I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism".

Pointing to May, Trump said "this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job", and added that the USA is looking forward to finalising a "great" bilateral trade agreement with the UK.

Donald Trump has heaped praise on "incredible" Theresa May and hailed UK-US relations as the "highest level of special" hours after incendiary comments criticising her premiership. "To say the president called us "fake news" with any serious intent is, well. fake news", the newspaper said.

But others faced the fake news flak, including CNN and NBC reporters.

"They asked for my opinion and I think you will agree I said Brexit will happen, and it did happen".

White House staffer Stephanie Grisham insisted on Friday that Mr Trump was correct to claim he had visited Turnberry prior to the Brexit vote, tweeting "I was there".

NBC's White House correspondent Kristen Welker asked Trump if taking on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and criticizing May on her own soil, gave Russian ruler Vladimir Putin the upper hand heading into their meeting next week, given that Putin seeks to destroy these alliances. He pointed out yet again that his mother was Scottish.

May thanked Trump for responding to Russia's alleged chemical agent attack in Wiltshire by expelling 60 Russian spies from the United States and applauded Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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"She's a tough negotiator, she's a very, very smart and determined person".

"I gave her suggestion, not advice", he stressed. "What matters is that you have control", she added.

Mr Trump went on to say Mr Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over the Chequers plan, was "a great representative for your country".

"This was apparently based on the fact that Mr Johnson had been "nice" to him".

He told reporters: "He's been very nice to me".

He said his remarks on trade were a "perfectly reasonable thing for an American president to say".

"I think it's a travesty of British values". "The Chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to pursue an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies".

While Trump's trip was not the full state visit he was originally promised, he was heralded by military bands on his arrival in the country and at Blenheim, and he is scheduled to have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

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