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Trump blasts Brexit plan amid protests

Trump blasts Brexit plan amid protests

U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were greeted with pomp and circumstance, along with protesters, as they arrived at Blenheim Palace in the United Kingdom on Thursday for a gala dinner.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders had told the British government about the interview in advance, "but thought it would be somewhat more positive", the newspaper quoted an official as saying.

After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defense spending, Trump landed in Britain having described the closest USA ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit.

Interviewed before he left Brussels for the U.K, Trump accused May of ruining what her country stands to gain from its Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

Trump also said former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who resigned this week in protest over the plan, would make "a great prime minister".

Trump added that May's "soft" blueprint for the U.K.'s future dealings with the European Union would probably "kill" any future trade deals with the United States.

In the interview, Mr Trump said the United Kingdom would "probably not" get a trade deal with the USA if Prime Minister Theresa May's current Brexit plan went ahead. "But maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for".

Protesters released a giant, orange-hued balloon of a "Trump Baby" in a diaper over Britain's Houses of Parliament early Friday morning, in what organizers said was an attempt to speak to the leader "in a language that he understands, which is personal insults".

But it said the most likely outcome was that Mrs May would suggest that she explain her Brexit plan to Mr Trump, Mr Trump will agree to listen and "they'll both claim the story was overwritten, and then try to go about their day".

In an interview, Trump lashed out at Khan, who has allowed a Trump protest balloon to float above Westminster during the president's visit.

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.

The interview was the latest breach of diplomatic protocol from Trump, whose predecessors tended to avoid criticizing their foreign hosts.

Instead, the couple arrived via helicopter and was driven by limousine onto the property, where they were welcomed by British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip. I think she is a nice person. He added, "I think he is a great representative for your country".

"The president likes and respects Prime Minister May very much", she said.

With its straw-blond hair, questionable face tan and unmistakably out-of-proportion hands, a blimp meant to depict President Donald Trump as a screaming baby flew outside the Parliament building in London Friday.

Khan, who has a testy Twitter relationship with Trump, gave the unusual request the go-ahead after more than 10,000 people signed a petition. The Trumps will be staying with Johnson on Thursday night, one day before a mass demonstration against Trump's policies is set to take place in London.