Theresa May welcomes Trump with reception dinner

Aaron Brown
July 15, 2018

Before the Sun interview was published, May invoked Winston Churchill as she addressed Trump and business leaders at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, the grand 18th-century country house which was the British World War Two leader's birthplace. Speaking on the balloon he said: "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".

Mr Trump said he had told Ms May how to do a Brexit deal, but the Prime Minister did not heed his advice.

In a near replay of their famous hand-holding at the White House, the president briefly took Mrs May's hand after arriving as they went up the stairs into the palace following a performance from a military band.

The Huffington Post headline highlighted the president's remarks on immigration and terror attacks, saying: "Trump storms United Kingdom: blasts May, goes full racist".

In a wide-ranging news conference alongside May, which followed a meeting at the prime minister's country estate, Chequers, Trump also said that immigration had been "very bad for Europe" and is changing the culture there.

"'Darkest Hour' would appeal to Trump because it combines courageous self-direction, standing up to the old order, with an nearly mystic sense of speaking for the people", Gingrich said in an email.

"The people voted to break it up so I imagine that is what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route".

But they avoided the noise and spectacle of the protests on the ground by travelling by helicopter between the airport, London and Oxfordshire.

At a welcoming garden party, the Beatles track "We can work it out" played in the background.

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Trump as a baby and they've already declared victory by noting that the President is largely avoiding London during his visit. President Trump , who will also spend time with the Queen during his stay, said: "I think they like me a lot in the UK".

"Now he might not like the current president, but I represent the United States", Trump said.

"He's fundamentally damaging the culture, the discourse, the rules, the laws", said Calah Singleton, a 28-year-old writer who turned out in London.

A large "Human Rights Nightmare" banner has been unfurled by Amnesty International activists across the river Thames on Vauxhall Bridge to protest against the visit.

Trump described May as "a nice person", according to the Sun, and renewed his criticism of London mayor Sadiq Khan, who he said was doing a "terrible" job running Britain's capital.

Trump conceded that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels earlier this week at times got "testy" over his demands that European nations increase their spending on defense, but he said it ended with "more unity" and "more spirit" and that Putin would see those headlines, not ones that talked about the alliance's divisions.

He added: "We have enough difficulty with the European Union".

"I would have done it much differently", he told the newspaper, which urged its readers to back Brexit before a referendum in June 2016. Political observers have noted that this seems to undermine May, even as her government is still in turmoil over the resignation of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Trump attended the summit, where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending.

Russian Federation has strongly denied the charge.

By Friday morning, Trump's comments were dominating British news coverage of the visit and causing additional headaches for the politically vulnerable May, whose approval ratings are low and whose country is struggling with its scheduled exit from the European Union.

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