Trump Apologizes to May and Vows U.K. Trade Deal After Brexit

Frederick Owens
July 14, 2018

Having settled into dinner with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, there was a whirring buzz that the president had been busy, having given an interview to that infamous rag of reaction The Sun newspaper.

Trump praised Johnson, and said he would make a "great prime minister".

"Whatever you do is OK with me", Trump said. "She might well do what I suggested that she might want to do but it is not an easy thing". "Like many Americans he has family connections with the United Kingdom, and we work very well together", she said.

Her game face on, Melania Trump dutifully tried her hand at lawn bowls during a solo outing Friday to a historic London veterans' retirement home on her first visit to Britain as America's first lady.

He said that May's new, softer approach to Brexit - which would leave Britain sticking to a "common rulebook" with Brussels on goods - would kill off the chances of a much sought-after U.S. -U.K. trade deal.

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. In the interview, Trump said he would have done Brexit "much differently". "She said, 'Don't worry, it's only the press.' I thought that was very - I thought that was very professional".

Trump said her plan would likely "kill" any UK-US trade deal.

Even though the recording of a 2005 conversation in which Trump said he would "grab" women's genitals was publicly released in October 2016, May didn't publicly comment on it until the following January, shortly before she made her first official visit to the White House.

"They didn't put it in the headline", referring to the positive comments he claimed to have said about May during the interview.

"I just think it is changing the culture, I think it is a very negative thing for Europe", he added.

"We record when we deal with reporters, it's called fake news and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument".

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The president slammed Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, a city that has been the target of several terrorist attacks in recent years: "I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you'd like. And you lost some other very good people", he continued.

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the USA and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", the British leader said.

The US leader has recently threatened to hit imports of European cars with a 20-percent tariff if Brussels doesn't remove levies and other trade barriers on US goods.

"I predicted Brexit. I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry - you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is handsome - the day before the Brexit vote", Trump said.

Some lawmakers in her deeply divided Conservative Party have cast May's "business-friendly" Brexit plan as a betrayal that would leave Britain too close to the European Union and warned that she might face a leadership challenge.

After leaving Chequers, Trump travelled to Windsor Castle to have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

Among them was Emily Bryce, who proudly carried a homemade banner written in Gaelic, in recognition of Trump's Highland roots.

The Trumps European trip continues with a weekend trip to Scotland before arriving in Helsinki, Finland, for a highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That's your decision. Whatever you're going to do is OK with us.

He blamed Russia's takeover of Crimea on his predecessor, calling it "an Obama disaster", and added that he didn't think Putin "would do it with me".

"Depicting Trump as a baby is a great way of targeting his fragile ego, and mocking him is our main motivation", said Matthew Bonner, one of the organisers of the balloon flight.

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