Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Pres. Trump Greeted With Ceremony In England

Pres. Trump Greeted With Ceremony In England

US President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if it went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in a damaging intervention set to further criticism of her plans.

President Trump is said to have given a "positive" and "complimentary" speech about England as he addressed US Embassy workers within hours of his arrival in the UK.

That matters because the government has been clinging to the idea of trade deals with countries outside the European Union as one of the benefits of Brexit, and claiming that the choice in the Chequers deal to stay close to the European Union doesn't exclude those opportunities.

"I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point", Trump said. "I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn't listen to me". You see what's going on throughout the world with immigration. "I think that's why they voted for Brexit". "I think they like me in the UK".

On Thursday, CBS News' Haley Joelle Ott reports protesters numbering in the dozens showed up to express their outrage over the Trump administration's recently policy about separating children from their families at the border.

Later in the evening, the Marine One helicopter flew the Trumps to Blenheim Palace for dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May, her husband Philip and other politicians.

He also told the paper that Boris Johnson, who resigned on Monday (9 July) as foreign secretary in protest of May's Brexit white paper, would make "a great prime minister" and that May ignored his advice on Brexit.

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Sterling fell half a percent to a 1-1/2 week low of $1.3131, partly on Trump's comments.

Trump arrived from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, touching down at Stansted Airport, 42 miles northeast of London.

Yet Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London.

Trump is due to have lunch with May on Friday.

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

Ahead of Mr Trump's visit, Mrs May said that when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union "there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead".

Earlier today Trump gave an extraordinary press conference in Brussels after giving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders a bruising over defence cash, where he wrote off protesters and said Theresa May's Brexit deal probably wasn't what Britons voted for.

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May will host a black-tie dinner for Trump there, attended by senior ministers and about 100 business leaders, including from Blackstone group, Blackrock, Diageo, McLaren and Arup.

Only one person, the digital entrepreneur and philanthropist Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, has publicly refused the invitation.

Melania and Donald Trump disembark Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of Londo.

On Friday, Mrs May and Mr Trump will go to watch a joint counter-terrorism exercise by British and USA special forces at a military base.

While expansive efforts to shield the president from public dissent have been underway, with workers erecting a "ring of steel" and concrete barriers around the ambassador's residence, organizers have asked protesters to bring pots, pans, drums, and plastic horns to hold an "all night noise protest".

The Trumps will then head to Windsor Castle for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II over tea before they leave for Scotland for the private leg of their tour.

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