Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

"Where are your manners, Mr President?" asks United Kingdom minister after May criticism

Bringing chaos with him as he moves across Europe, U.S. President Donald Trump's pomp-filled welcome to Britain was overshadowed Friday by an explosive interview in which he blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was "losing its culture" because of immigration.

President Trump's comments to British newspaper The Sun are being described in the U.S. as a "Brexit bomb" - but some White House correspondents are querying whether he really meant to rule out a trade deal with the UK.

Media captionThe Sun journalist who interviewed Donald Trump says the president "really cares" what people in Britain think of him.

"I shouldn't be the arbiter, as a politician, of what's in good taste or bad taste, what's important is it to be peaceful, and for it to be safe", he said. "I think that's why Brexit happened".

"I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point".

Trump told The Sun newspaper that May's plan for Brexit had probably killed off the chance of a U.S.

"If they do that, then their trade deal with the USA will probably not be made". It also would make striking trade deals with other countries hard because the United Kingdom would still have to follow European Union rules.

Trump, who has linked his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a slim majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union, complained, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

"I actually told Theresa May how to do (Brexit)", the USA leader said in the interview, "but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me".

It may not be an actual etiquette rule but the Queen is famous for her love of Corgis and it is widely acknowledged that anyone meeting with her should act as if they like dogs, even if they don't, for the duration of the meeting.

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

He also said May's plans are "not the deal that was in the [Brexit] referendum".

Johnson and Trump are both critical of the UK PM's handling of Brexit, likening her plans as causing Britain to function like a "colony state" unable to make its own laws.

The Trumps were greeted in the courtyard of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and husband Philip for the dinner in the President's honour. "I think he is a great representative for your country".

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".

President Trump also told The Sun London Mayor Khan has "done a very bad job on terrorism" by allowing so many migrants to come to the city. A spokesperson for Downing Street told i the First Lady will be spending time with veterans and school children at a location in London on Friday morning, although they could not comment on where this visit would take place.

"But the other people who will be saying this is really good news for us are the "remainers" in the European Union, because when the United Kingdom delegation goes to Brussels next week to sell the idea that it's going to be really hard for the EU to resist the temptation to say to them 'look, you think dealing with us is hard, how do you feel about dealing with him?'"

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