In Fiery Interview With British Tabloid, Trump Criticizes Prime Minister, London Mayor

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

Top it off with the introduction of trade policies that have targeted some European industries - even though European nations are longtime friends accustomed to easy trade with the USA - and it is not surprising that Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

"It's typical, but honestly Donald Trump's legacy will outlive any big orange balloon and the matters that will be discussed at Chequers and now in Brussels are much more important and will have a much longer effect than any day rally", she said.

"I think he is a great representative for your country", Trump told The Sun.

In an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the European Union to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.

Trump also expressed disappointment with May's handling of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Trump, who has compared his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union, complained that, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

He said "Brexit is Brexit" and the British people "voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for".

Mr Trump will spend Friday meeting the Queen at the Sandhurst military academy outside London and holding talks with Prime Minister Theresa May at her Chequers country home before heading to Scotland.

Anti-Trump sentiment will be flying high today when the so-called Trump Baby balloon takes flight over London.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the U.S. Embasssy with the ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson, London, Britain, July 13, 2018.

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Other protests - including several "family friendly" gatherings - will take place at every place he will visit over the coming days.

The US President arrives after giving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders a tongue-lashing in Brussels over defence spending and controversial comments about Britain being in "turmoil".

The controversial protest outside the Houses of Parliament was given the go ahead by London's Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been frequently criticised by Mr Trump.

In walks President Trump, to call out one of the claims that Number 10 has been making of late - in essence, smashing the vase to bits.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to boost their defense budgets significantly and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the US was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the USA remains faithful to the accord.

Such comments are likely to be seen as unwelcome by Mrs May, who has already faced significant political criticism for hosting Mr Trump.

May's government has recently been shaken following at least three resignations of senior members of her cabinet - including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Minister David Davis, following disagreements on how to exit the EU.

The Police Federation has warned the visit will put "unquestionable pressure" on United Kingdom police forces as tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against the president in London on Thursday and Friday - and in Glasgow on Friday.

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 on Friday to have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

He also said the prime minister has ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations, explaining: "I would have done it differently".

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