President Donald Tump’s visit to Britain started in controversial fashion
Trump begins his visit pointing finger at May...and London
PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s short visit to Britain has begun in controversial fashion with an attack on Prime Minister Theresa May, who welcomed him.
He has also blamed London’s mayor for terror attacks against the city, and argued that Europe is “losing its culture” because of immigration.
In an interview with a British tabloid newspaper published just before his arrival, Mr Trump said he felt unwelcome in London because of planned mass protests, including plans to fly a giant balloon over the Houses of Parliament that depicts him as an angry baby in a diaper.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” he said.
Unusually for a visiting head of state, he is attending no day engagements and spending just one night in London, where tens of thousands were yesterday expected to protest against his visit.
After Mr Trump flew in to a regional airport northeast of the capital, Mrs May gave him a ceremonial welcome and banquet at Blenheim Palace in rural Oxfordshire.
By then, she had already been slighted by her guest in his interview with The Sun. He accused Mrs May of ruining what her country stands to gain from the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.
And he said her former foreign secretary Boris Johnson — who was so angered by Mrs May’s decision to keep some links with the EU that he sensationally quit this week — would make an “excellent” prime minister.
Mr Trump added that Mrs May’s “soft” blueprint for future dealings with the EU would probably “kill” any new trade deals with the US.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the EU instead of the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” the President said.
Mr Trump, who has compared his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the EU, complained: “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on.”
As for Mr Johnson, Mr Trump said: “I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he’s got what it takes.”
Mr Trump blamed his apparent unpopularity in London on Mayor Sadiq Khan, who gave protesters permission to fly the 6m blimp. He blamed recent terror attacks there on Mr Khan.
And he said of migration to Europe from the Middle East and Africa: “Allowing that is a sham. I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was.”
The President leads the PM into Blenheim Palaca yesterday and, left, Melania and Donald Trump with Theresa and Philip May