Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Donald Trump visit: What the U.S. president has said about the UK

Donald Trump visit: What the U.S. president has said about the UK

"It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do and I don't think certainly it doesn't express the opinion of the British people I met", he said.

Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May when two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

He said: "The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for".

The plan has caused outrage among eurosceptic members of May's Conservative Party, and foreign minister Boris Johnson joined Brexit minister David Davis in dramatically quitting this week in protest.

"This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

On the NHS: Trump said it was "going broke and not working".

He said: "The UK loves me, in fact my mother was from the UK, they love me there even if they are not treating us well with trades, but they will. I'm very strong on immigration".

Top it off with the introduction of trade policies that have targeted some European industries - even though European nations are longtime friends accustomed to easy trade with the United States - and it is not surprising that Mr. Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.


Protests are expected at every stop Trump makes along the way, including a caricature blimp of him as a baby holding a smartphone flown near Parliament on Friday.

The bulk of the activity will take place in London, where people plan to gather first in Regent's Park outside of the USA ambassador's house on Thursday and again across central London for a series of protests throughout the day on Friday.

Just earlier this week the American leader suggested the United Kingdom was in "turmoil" but this is just one of many opinions he has taken upon himself to give on life this side of the pond.

A campaign is also underway to get "American Idiot", a 2004 song by the US punk rock band Green Day, to the top of the UK Singles Chart.

A small demonstration is expected to take place near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday, the venue for Trump's black-tie dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Over a lunch of Dover sole, lamb and lemon meringue pie, the leaders will discuss Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and the Middle East.

Later, Trump will take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, a home to the royals for 1,000 years, part of a tour created to keep him away from protesters.

Trump will then spend a private weekend in Scotland with his wife, where he owns two golf resorts.

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