Trump arrives in Britain, questioning May's Brexit plan

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

"We just love this country, we love the United Kingdom in general and it's a big part of our lives".

Over a lunch of Dover sole, lamb and lemon meringue pie, the leaders will discuss Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and the Middle East.

"And it's an opportunity to shape the future of the world through co-operation in advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence".

"I would love to say that I think this is going to be a hugely successful visit but I think it's going to be very hard", he said at a pro-Trump gathering in parliament. "We are at a very key point in history right now, and we need to take a stand". Trump said Khan has "done a very bad job on terrorism" as he allowed too many immigrants into the city - despite the fact that the Mayor doesn't control migration.

Mr. Trump, however, suggested before leaving a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday to head for London, that Britons in general agree with his policies, in particular his tough stance on immigration.

Trump has always been a Brexit supporter and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after Brexit, something heralded by eurosceptics as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc.

May reached out to him just days after Mr. Trump was inaugurated, extending the invitation for a coveted state visit that would be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but that gesture has proved far more controversial than expected as Mr. Trump has shown little interest in maintaining "diplomacy as usual" with European allies.

"I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, right?" Mr. Trump has been a keen supporter of Brexit and on Thursday he appeared to echo those concerns.

"I think I probably can", he said. "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".

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Johnson resigned as UK Foreign Secretary over May's handling of Brexit, a move that saw Britain vote to leave the European Union in June, 2016, following a referendum.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly", he said.

Khan said past year that Trump's trip to the United Kingdom should be cancelled after the president retweeted videos from a leader of an ultranationalist British party that claims to show Muslims engaging in violent acts.

Anti-Trump Britons gathered outside the US ambassador's residence and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, with protesters holding signs reading "No to Racism, No to Trump" and "Trump Not Welcome".

More recently, in February, Trump once again tried but failed to make hand-to-hand contact with his wife as they departed the White House for a trip to Ohio.

Instead, what had been an state visit was downgraded to a working visit, which means the Queen does not officially host the president and the first lady as she has done with previous USA presidents. "But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?"

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Ruddy said: 'Trump will think the baby balloon is about him so it's probably a positive thing. While saying that he didn't have any message or advice, he added: "I would say Brexit is Brexit..."

But, he added: "Whether he sees it, whether he reacts to it, we don't really care".

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