White House Issues Statement Clarifying Trump’s Slam of British PM May

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The Labour member said: "A dash of Islamophobia lobbed at Sadiq Khan who he blames for terrorism".

Trump, who has repeatedly praised Brexit, has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after its European Union departure in March next year.

President Donald Trump began a protest-laden trip to Britain yesterday by questioning whether Prime Minister Theresa May will deliver on United Kingdom voters' intentions when they chose to quit the European Union.

Trump, who has compared his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a 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".

But her address to Mr Trump at the Oxfordshire stately home - the birthplace of Winston Churchill - followed a Brussels press conference where the United States leader highlighted Government divisions over Brexit.

Criticising May for the warm welcome given to the American leader, he said: "Theresa May has invited President Trump to our country at a time when his risky and inhumane policies are putting the lives and wellbeing of millions of people at risk".

In further embarrassment to Mrs May, Mr Trump claimed that Boris Johnson has "got what it takes" to be prime minister. "I think they agree with me on immigration".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later issued a statement, saying Trump "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".

Referring to the plan outlined on Thursday in which Britain would aim to keep strong ties in trading of goods with the European Union, he said: "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

He is due to stay overnight with Johnson at the ambassador's Winfield House residence in London's Regent's Park where a protest is planned at which demonstrators will play recordings of migrant children held in United States detention centres.

Trump also spoke on immigration policy in the interview, saying that Europe was losing its identity and culture because of an influx of migrants. "I think it's a travesty of British values".

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The US president and his wife Melania arrived in London on Thursday with the first official engagement of their two-day visit being a lavish black-tie welcome dinner at Blenheim Palace hosted by the British prime minister.

Protests took place outside the grounds in Woodstock, with several hundred demonstrators waving banners and placards reading "Dump Trump, Not Welcome Here", "Protect Children Not Trump" and "Keep Your Tiny Hands Off My Pussy!"

Amnesty International hung a 50 foot-long banner emblazoned with the words "Human Rights Nightmare" and a large image of Trump on a bridge close to the new US embassy. Police worked overtime, their days off canceled.

Nigel Farage was questioned on whether he had "wound up" Mr Trump about Brexit on BBC's This Week.

He and First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in the late afternoon.

At the same time, Trump will be touring a defense site with May outside of London.

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the US budget.

British officials were stunned by the Sun interview, which was done in Brussels, according to a senior us official.

The president will also be attending a pair of meetings of the North Atlantic Council before he departs for the United Kingdom.

But Trump poured cold water on May's offer.

Stoltenberg says Thursday that "the clear message from President Trump is having an impact". "You see what's going on throughout the world with immigration..."

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