Donald Trump and Melania arrive at Theresa May's banquet amid protests

Brenda Watkins
July 13, 2018

Trump attended a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace with May on Thursday evening, where the TV network ITV reports May planned to pitch the president on a free-trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the USA after Brexit.

It is not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in Scotland, but his fraught relationship with political leaders accustomed to harmonious exchanges with US leaders, a tradition of unity that goes back at least to the vital World War II partnership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

President Donald Trump has said British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit plan will "probably kill" off any chance of a UK-US trade deal.

"The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for".

In January, the US president canceled a planned visit to London to open the new US Embassy, calling it a bad deal in a poor location.

She says they have "turned a blind eye" to the situation.

"I think they like me a lot in the UK", Trump said in Brussels.

The monarch regularly meets Presidents of the United States and their spouses at Windsor Castle, including Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Protests are expected at every stop Trump makes along the way, including a caricature blimp of him as a baby holding a smartphone flown near Parliament on Friday.

Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill, one of Trump's heroes and whose bust is on display in the Oval Office.

But the environment secretary said he was not sure he possessed the "diplomatic skills" to bring Mr Trump round to his line of thinking.

Arsenal sign youngster Guendouzi from Lorient
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery says he wants "five captains" in his team as he tries to find the "best personalities" in his dressing room.

Ahead of his visit, Trump said Britain was "in somewhat turmoil" as the PM grappled with a political crisis.

At a news conference, Trump said the United States could withdraw from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and go it alone, if necessary, although he said that likely won't be needed.

Asked about his views on the UK's plans for Brexit, Mr Trump made it clear he believed Mrs May was not delivering Brexit, although insisted that it was not up to him to tell Britain what to do. I think that " s why Brexit happened".

Prime Minister Theresa May will host Mr Trump and his wife Melania at a dinner at Blenheim Palace this evening.

Many Britons are opposed to Trump's trip which is not the full state visit he was originally promised with the pomp and ceremony that entails. "Now, for the benefit of all our people, let us work together to build a more prosperous future", she said in excerpts released in advance.

Prime Minister May has abundant reasons to seek a close relationship with Trump - not least, the United States will be an even more vital trade partner once Britain leaves the European Union next year - but it is an uneasy embrace, given her opposition to many of his key policies.

President Trump's planned meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday marks the culmination of a long and sometimes tortured fascination with the British royal family, dating back two decades to the divorce of Princess Diana.

"I think they like me in the UK".

Trump will spend the weekend at the former, which he described as a "magical place", before heading to Helsinki, Finland, for a much-anticipated summit on July 16 with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Trumps will have left town the night before for Scotland, where the President owns two golf properties, Trump Turnberry and Trump Aberdeen.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER