Protests gear up to greet Trump on United Kingdom state visit

Donald and Melania Trump leave for dinner at Blenheim Palace

Donald and Melania Trump leave for dinner at Blenheim Palace

President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States and Britain could secure a "great" post-Brexit trade deal, lavishing praise on Prime Minister Theresa May and contradicting his own withering assessment of her strategy publicized hours earlier.

Trump also issued a warning to the European Union, telling it to "be very careful" of increasing immigration into the region, as he described a global backlash to migration.

"I said, 'I want to apologise because I said such good things about you, ' And she said, 'Don't worry, it's only the press, '" Trump said of their purported conversation. "She wanted to go a different route", he told the paper.

"I think the [European Union trade] deal she is striking is not the one people voted on, exactly".

Addressing the row at a joint news conference with Mrs May on Friday, Mr Trump claimed he "didn't criticise" Mrs May and has a "lot of respect" for her. "I was very saddened to see he was leaving government, and I hope he goes back in at some point".

He travelled to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, where Theresa May hosted the US President and his wife, Melania for a black-tie dinner with 100 guests and Government ministers.

"She should negotiate the best way she knows how". "He thought she was great on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation today and is a really terrific person".

Meanwhile, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said the Prime Minister May "should be standing up to [Mr Trump]" after he "slagged her off", instead of holding his hand. Mr. Trump's intervention was "very important, because if you can't do a trade deal with your closest ally, then who can you do a trade deal with?" said Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory MP who has been among the sharpest critics of Ms.

By Friday afternoon, Mr. Trump appeared to backtrack, saying he'd had an opportunity to learn more about Ms.

"Trade is one of the top items for discussions between the president and the PM today and. we are confident that we can do a good trade deal with the USA", the spokeswoman told reporters.

"Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place", Trump said.

Trump's visit to Britain followed two days of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium, where the US president shook up the conference with rhetoric about other members failing to meet fiscal defense requirements, the possibility that he could end the United States' 70-year membership in the alliance and Germany being "captive" to Russian energy.

The president's company, which is now managed by his sons, owns two lavish golf courses in the U.K. In 2014, Trump purchased the Turnberry golf resort from a Dubai-based company for an undisclosed sum, announcing that he would invest some $260 million to transform the property, according to the BBC.

Trump's comments blaming immigration for crime in England were "preposterous", he said. Trump has since attended the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and plans to meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.

"He's really quite stung by the criticism he's been getting", Dunn said.

When asked about the potential for an agreement, Trump said: "The only thing I ask of Theresa is make sure we can trade, that we don't have any restrictions".

Today's protests come just one day after an interview with President Trump was published in the British tabloid publication The Sun in which he referenced the larger-than-life balloon.