Trump backtracks over criticism of May Brexit plan

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In a wide-ranging interview with the British tabloid The Sun on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump praised British Prime Minister Theresa May while criticizing her handling of Brexit negotiations, slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan over claims of rising crimes in the capital, and suggested that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would be a good prime minister.

He apparently told the paper: "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal". As he said in his interview with The Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her.'. The President told the newspaper he was aware of the blimp, saying, "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".

Last week at the same location, May finally won agreement for her Brexit strategy from her cabinet but within days, two senior ministers quit, which Trump said earlier in the week had left Britain in turmoil.

Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. He's saying he wanted to apologize to her because he actually said such nice things about her.

(Keep in mind May arguably needs Trump's support and wants a trade deal with the US). "I think they like me in the UK".

Trump said he would be spending little time in London because of protests against him planned there, which an include a blimp made to look like an infant version of the president. "I have a lot of respect for the prime minister".

U.S. first lady Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and her husband, Philip May, stand on the steps in the Great Court to watch the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards perform a ceremonial welcome.

During his news conference on Thursday, the USA president also appeared to refer to Ireland as part of the United Kingdom.

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Later in the press conference, Trump slammed reporter Kristen Welker after a question about Russian Federation.

Tottenham MP Mr Lammy said the president knows full well that Mr Khan is not responsible for the attacks.

A large balloon, portraying the president as a baby, has been floated in Parliament Square as part of the demonstrations.

After Chequers, Trump was due to fly to Windsor Castle for tea with the Queen, an interaction upon which Downing Street has been pinning its diplomatic hopes, given Trump's oft-professed love for the royal family.

"I am not pitting one against the other", Trump said of Johnson and May.

Speaking in the grounds of the PM's official country residence, Mr Trump said he had given her a suggestion about how to come out on top in the talks but "she found it maybe too brutal".

GMB/status/1017669404115587077?"Of course we stand shoulder to shoulder in adversity, and it was really comforting when Americans sent messages of support when we had terrorist attack a year ago", Khan said, "but when we think you're wrong we should say you're wrong - that's what a special relationship is all about".

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