President tears into May's Chequers deal

Brenda Watkins
July 13, 2018

Other protests about the visit are taking place around the country.

On the protests outside, with around 3,000 people demonstrating including Oxford West MP Layla Moran as well as a slew of largely Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors, he said: "I think whatever your views on the President he has been democratically elected, so we should respect that".

Trump also warned May in the interview that any future trade deal with Britain will not be likely if Britain has a soft exit from the European Union.

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", he said. "I think they agree with me on immigration", he told reporters in Brussels.

President Trump is not expected to see the inflatable in the air.

White House correspondents for Axios and the Toronto Star said The Sun had "over-egged" Mr Trump's comments apparently ruling out a US-UK trade deal.

- Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 13, 2018 The president added that he has experienced "an incredible two days" in the country, and stressed that he is working with May's government on anti-terror policy and broader U.S.

On Thursday night, hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the USA ambassador's residence where Trump was staying, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected on Friday.

In the incendiary interview, with the Sun newspaper, the United States leader criticised Mrs May's handling of Brexit negotiations, hailed Boris Johnson - who quit the cabinet earlier this week - as a future and "great Prime Minister" and said there was too much immigration in Europe.

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

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The police will be out in full force to cover Mr Trump's short visit in the UK.

Mrs May is yet to comment on Trump's interview with the Sun and so far they have maintained a show of unity - even holding hands as they climbed the steps of Blenheim Palace last night.

As the interview began to make waves, Trade Secretary Liam Fox tweeted from the Blenheim Palace event about how Trump had talked "so positively about United Kingdom and U.S. trade".

Mr Khan continued to refuse to rise to Trump's taunts after the US President attacked him again on his visit to the UK.

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.

"I'm not going to rise to the individual things President Trump says", Khan tells Mary Louise in London.

That's right, folks, the only relationship advice that matters right now is that you have to find someone who looks at you the way Theresa May looks at Trump.

In the interview, Trump also said that Boris Johnson, former Foreign Secretary and potential leadership challenger to May, would make a "great prime minister", adding "I think he's got what it takes".

It was the latest potshot in a feud that began when Khan, the son of a bus driver who emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s, criticised Trump's travel ban on people from certain Muslim countries.

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