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Trump lands in United Kingdom after swipe at Theresa May

Trump lands in United Kingdom after swipe at Theresa May

I never said anything bad about her", Trump told The Sun, sticking to his usual critique of the newspaper: "That is fake news. But I told her how to do it. "I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly, whatever they work out".

May hopes Trump, who arrived at Stansted airport from Brussels, will help accelerate a future free trade deal, though his public comments on Brexit have cast a shadow over the visit. The people voted to break it up so I imagine that's what they'll do but maybe they'll take it in a little bit of a different route.

Mr Trump has described the United Kingdom as a place in "turmoil".

His visit comes as the government publishes its plans for the UK's relations with the European Union after Brexit.

Talking about former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Trump said he would make a "great prime minister", adding: "I think he's got what it takes".

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", Trump said.

Chancellor Philip Hammond was more optimistic, saying the USA president had been "nodding furiously" while Mrs May was speaking during Thursday night's dinner with Blenheim Palace and had yet to talk to her about the plans, which were published on Thursday in a White Paper.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been an outspoken critic of Mr Trump, but the Scottish government has urged his opponents to protest peacefully.

She added it was "also an opportunity to tear down the bureaucratic barriers that frustrate business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic".




Along with trade and security ties, Downing Street said the other key areas to be discussed between the two leaders included Brexit and the Middle East.

"We have enough difficulty with the European Union", he added.

There is one person in Britain that Mr Trump is a fan of - Her Majesty, the Queen. After a dinner for business leaders in Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, he will spent the night in the ambassador's residence in north London.

Trump is in London, where his day will start with a viewing of a military demonstration before he heads to meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers, May's county house.

Trump and his wife Melania are due to meet the 92-year-old monarch at Windsor Castle on Friday and both the imposing setting and Elizabeth being one of the most admired women in the world is expected to temper the U.S. president's iconaclastic ways. This part of the visit is being considered private.

Protests took place outside the Blenheim grounds in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, with several hundred demonstrators waving banners and placards reading Dump Trump, Not Welcome Here, Protect Children Not Trump and Keep Your Tiny Hands Off My Pussy!

It has also complained that 300 officers working during the visit will have to sleep on camp beds in a gymnasium that has no hot water and restricted access to hot food.

It appears the president pulled no punches in the interview, which ranges in topics from British Prime Minister Theresa May's "Brexit" plan to the giant "Trump Baby" balloon that's set to fly in London's sky during his visit.

In Scotland, almost 8,000 people had signed a petition to be allowed to fly the giant Trump baby ballon over the Turnberry course where the USA president is expected to play golf Saturday.