Trump blasts May over Brexit during United Kingdom visit, casting pall over ties


U.S. President Donald Trump directly criticized UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, saying her proposals had probably killed off hope of a U.S. trade deal and that she had failed to take his advice on how to negotiate with the European Union.

"Mr. President, Sir Winston Churchill once said that "to have the United States at our side was, to me, the greatest joy", May told Trump, according to a text of her speech.

"When a deal takes so long, they never work out very well", Trump said hours before meeting May for dinner.

But it also says that because of the deep cross-Channel links, "equivalence" is not good enough either.

The UK outlined plans for a Ukraine-style association agreement with the European Union on Thursday (12 July) as it published its long-awaited White Paper on relations with the European Union after Brexit.

The Sun then asked about Brexit supporter Boris Johnson, who resigned as the UK's top diplomat earlier this week over a spat with May about how to handle leaving the European Union.

However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the president's policies were putting millions of lives at risk and criticised May for her warm welcome.

Mr Trump went further and suggested to the Sun Mr Johnson was "a great representative for your country".

"The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on", Trump said.

The US president did not have such glowing words for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, however. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism.

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But for many British diplomats, Brexit marks the collapse of a 70-year British strategy of trying to balance European integration with a USA alliance based on blood, trade and intelligence sharing. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Hundreds of protesters descended on the castle to voice their opposition to the president's visit. Although Trump has said this practice will be stopped, thousands of children remain separated from their parents and face great difficulty locating their relatives.

Even if Brussels were to accept some form of today's plan, it now appears unlikely Mrs May has the votes to get it through Parliament. "I think they agree with me on immigration", he told reporters in Brussels. Trump's late mother hailed from Scotland, and he owns two luxury golf courses there.

As the Trumps dined with the Mays, protests in the British capital took place outside Winfield House, the residence of US Ambassador Woody Johnson.

Protesters gathered outside the United States ambassador's residence in London, where the Trumps are staying tonight, and near Blenheim Palace.

Donald Trump had already cast doubt on Theresa May's Brexit plans after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

The biggest protests are set for Friday, when demonstrators plan to march through central London and float a huge balloon depicting Mr Trump as a baby in diapers over the Houses of Parliament. "The US has always stood by our side as a beacon for tolerance, openness and respect", he said.

The president also took the opportunity to express his "great love for countries in Europe", but claimed that allowing in refugees fleeing conflict and starvation was causing the continent to lose its culture.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the Chequers agreement was created to be a "credible offer" to Brussels to allow negotiations to make progress.

The government promises that the new terms "would maintain the economic benefits of cross-border provision of the most important global financial services traded between the United Kingdom and the European Union. while preserving regulatory and supervisory cooperation, and maintaining financial stability, market integrity and consumer protection".