Trump detonates Brexit bomb in Britain visit

Demonstrators take part in an anti Trump protest in central London on Friday

In the interview, Trump insisted that he would have negotiated the deal differently than May, and he said that he had provided the prime minister his "views on what she should do and how she should negotiate".

"Except, I wouldn't want to expose Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump".

Trump's remarks came as he prepared to meet May for a working lunch at Chequers. "But it is too bad what is going on". "She's a total professional, because when I saw her this morning I said, 'I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you"'.

But according to Parliament member Kate Hoey, many British citizens who voted for Brexit likely agree with Trump's criticism of the White Papers.

"Because we have enough difficulty with the European Union". "We record when we deal with reporters - it's called fake news". But it didn't put in what I said about the Prime Minister.

On his prospects of entering Downing Street at some point, he said: "Well I am not pitting one against the other".

John Rees of the Stop the War group said in reference to Trump: "He's a wrecking ball for race relations, he's a wrecking ball for prosperity, he's a wrecking ball for women's rights, he's a wrecking ball for any peace and justice in this world and we have to stop him".

Their joint press conference came just hours after Trump had rubbished May's Brexit plans and warned that it will "kill" chances of a trade deal between the United States and Britain.

Late past year, May herself criticized Trump for retweeting a message by a member of a British far-right group, and the speaker of parliament has said the president would not be welcome to address the chamber.

The US President described Johnson, one of leading critics who is seen as a potential challenger to May, as a "very talented guy" and said the former foreign secretary would make a "great Prime Minister".

"It's changing the culture; I think it's a very negative thing for Europe", he said, noting that it was not politically correct to say so, "but I'll say it and I'll say it loud".

Still, his comments in the Sun caused May intense embarrassment in a week when her cabinet is beset by division, her compromise plan to exit the European Union is being excoriated by her domestic critics, and rebels in her Conservative Party are threatening a no-confidence vote. She wanted to go a different route.

The US President said the PM's plan would "probably kill" a UK-US trade deal.

"We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used - including those where the President was positive about the Prime Minister, in both the paper and in our audio - and we're delighted that the President essentially retracted his original charge against the paper later in the press conference".

Trump also addressed a controversial interview he had with The Sun soon after he arrived in the U.K. He told the tabloid May's soft Brexit plan could "kill" any possible trade deal between the U.K. and the U.S. But during the press conference, he said that's not the case.

She said Brexit was an "unprecedented opportunity" to create growth in the United Kingdom and U.S.

Despite Trump's criticism - which pounded the front pages of almost every British newspaper - he and May carried on with their regularly scheduled meetings on Friday.

"So that I think will be the real challenge for the negotiating teams over the summer", he added.

In contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.

Trump is deeply unpopular in Britain and has largely avoided London, where a large blimp mocking him flew above mass protests Friday.

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