Trump Says Baby Blimp Makes Him Feel ‘Unwelcome’ in London

Dylan Martinez  Reuters

Dylan Martinez Reuters

They also undermine the prime minister as she faces speculation of a leadership challenge from eurosceptics in her Conservative party following the resignations of Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis.

"Despite his resignation as foreign secretary earlier this week, it has been touted that Trump could meet with Boris Johnson during his United Kingdom trip, with the president saying "[he] obviously likes me, and says very good things about me.

Protests have been held in Wales over the visit of US President Donald Trump.

Trump claimed he did not criticize Prime Minister Theresa May, even though the "Sun" released audio clips showing that he did.

He added that there was "a tremendous opportunity to double, triple, quadruple" trade between the United States and the UK.

Last year, activists began circulating a petition to block a state visit from Trump that eventually made its way to the floor of Parliament. Protests against his visit and policies were planned at the Ayrshire resort and in Edinburgh today.

In an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the European Union to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.

"Whatever you do is OK with us, just make sure we can trade together, that's all that matters".

However, his trip is set to be overshadowed by news that a US federal grand jury has indicted 12 military intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly", he said. (Until) I remember her desperate rush to invite him, her repeated reluctance to criticise his Muslim ban or caging of children, her chasing him for a bad trade deal.

"I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that I can tell you", he told reporters during a news conference with Ms.

"Mainly that we need to get out of the European Union and actually I think the vote might be even stronger".

"I could fully understand why she thought it was a little bit tough".

He added: "I think you are losing your culture".

"She should negotiate the best way she knows how".

May, likewise, glossed over the comments in the Sun, saying her deal provided a platform for an ambitious free trade deal.

He paid a brief visit to the US ambassador's central London residence before taking a helicopter to Blenheim Palace ― the monumental house where Winston Churchill was born― for a lavish dinner event with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"A lot of Brits waking up this morning to Trump's Sun interview and hoping Theresa May steals a few lines from Hugh Grant in Love Actually, calling the American president a bully and then doing this." he tweeted, along with a GIF of Grant doing a dance.

"We may be a small country, but we're a great one too", he continues.

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. I would have done it (Brexit) much differently. "You have a mayor who has done a awful job in London". By the time he'd left on Friday, Mr. Trump had changed course and praised Ms. "It's a very negative thing for Europe. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism".

Trump said that the "special relationship" - "the highest level of special" - between the two countries is "a bond that is like no other". Great relationship with Germany.