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Protests gear up to greet Trump on United Kingdom state visit

14 Juillet 2018

What a rotten guest, but then again, that was to be expected.

Trump's visit to Britain followed two days of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium, where the USA 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. Protesters were readying their assortment of paraphernalia in anticipation. "That's good", Trump said.

But even before he arrived, the president criticized May's Brexit plan, said the country was in "somewhat turmoil" and that meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week - the British premier's geopolitical enemy - would be easier than meeting with her.

Reporters were shooed out of the room as the first lady engaged the group in a discussion about "Be Best", a campaign she unveiled in May to focus on childhood well-being and to teach them kindness. Not that May's handling has been brilliantly smooth.

"Because we have enough difficulty with the European Union". As Britain's departure from the bloc draws nearer, Downing Street will hope Trump is willing to compromise and put his faith in May's Brexit.

"If they do a deal like that, we would most likely be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal". The queen navigated her way around him. We're seeing it in the United States. Bureaucracy would be defeated in the transatlantic venture. Britain and its prime minister have learned this lesson the hard way.

May was not the only British politician rostered for a tongue lashing. "It was, I think, a celebration of the very special relationship the United States had". "He obviously likes me and says very good things about me", he added.

May rebuked Trump to a British tabloid, saying he was "wrong" to criticize Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, in the wake of a terror attack in the city that killed seven people. "I think he's done a awful job".

However, he later said Ms May was doing a "fantastic job".

Not content at leaving it at that, Trump revealed that childish vulnerability typical in unstoppable, and encouraged egomaniacs. "I think you are losing your culture". (The United States accounted for 68.7 percent of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members' combined defense spending previous year, reflecting its superpower status and 3.57 percent of gross domestic product.) Trump also overstated the trade deficit with China and the number of troops in Germany.

Mr. Trump stoked the flames of the discontent in an interview with The Sun that was published on Friday just hours before the President and Ms. However, under the blue skies of the Chequers' garden, he said their relationship was "the highest level of special".

Trump still reiterated his praise for Boris Johnson, May's rival, who resigned as foreign secretary this week in protest over May's Brexit approach.

Trump's Brexit comments came on the same day May's government published long-awaited proposals for Britain's relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc next year.

Responding to Mr Trump's comments about The Sun, a spokesman for the newspaper said: "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". Other powers will heed that; respect shall be observed.

President Donald Trump nearly never apologizes, which makes his comment that he had tried to apologize to Theresa May, albeit without admitting he did anything wrong and wrapped in a shot at the press, so interesting.

Protests gear up to greet Trump on United Kingdom state visit