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

Trump arrives in Britain, questions May’s Brexit plan

Trump arrives in Britain, questions May’s Brexit plan

U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off his visit to the U.K.by knifing his host, Prime Minister Theresa May, in the front.

Trump first met May Thursday night and the pair spoke for about 90 minutes and attended a state dinner.

Mr Trump sent shockwaves through Westminster when he gave an explosive interview to The Sun where he said he would have carried out Brexit negotiations "much differently" and claimed the Prime Minister did not listen to his advice.

"This is what people need to be doing - to come together in their communities to organize and work out how to stand against right-wing populism and xenophobia that we're seeing not just in the USA but in Europe", organizer Kevin Smith told The Associated Press.

"Once we have our agreement with the European Union in place, I'm confident that there will be the latitude and the ability to do a significant trade deal with the United States".

CNN said that Mr Trump had "savaged" Mrs May with a "Brexit bomb" before going to meet her, saying: "Trump's interview published Thursday amounted to a stunning diplomatic affront for a visiting USA president, emerging while Trump was still at a gala dinner May threw in honor of his visit".

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"She should negotiate the best way she knows how". This would not be possible under the Brexit plan she unveiled to ministers last week.

The president started the day by reviewing a private military exercise alongside May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The President went on to say former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned over May's plan on Sunday, would "make a great Prime Minister".

A high metal fence has been erected around the USA ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent.

While his trip was not a full state visit, he has been given red carpet treatment and is scheduled to have tea later with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, where her grandson Prince Harry married U.S. actress Meghan Markle in May. "We need to show across the world that we are not going to stand for our women's rights, which have been so hard-won and so hard fought for, to be demolished by a monster like Trump".

As for Johnson, Trump said: "I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he is a great representative for your country".

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Looking ahead to his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday, Trump said he would be discussing many topics but his biggest hope was an agreement to substantially reduce nuclear proliferation - his ultimate dream was to get rid of the weapons altogether, he said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement after the interview was published, saying Trump "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".

"It's for Trump to explain why he thinks there is a link between immigration into Europe and the rise in crime", he said.

Khan in the past has publicly feuded with Trump after the president criticized him over the city's response to a terror attack. The president claimed Europe is "losing its culture" because of immigration from the Middle East and Africa.

Khan earlier urged Londoners to keep Friday's main protest "peaceful and good-spirited", saying the message went broader than Trump.

"Paris, Nice, Brussels, Berlin".

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