Trump and May meet the press

‘I’ll say it and I’ll say it loud’

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Peter Walker Po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent

Don­ald Trump’s press con­fer­ence with Theresa May at Che­quers lasted 50 min­utes, and took in every­thing from transat­lantic re­la­tions to im­mi­gra­tion, Boris John­son, at­tacks on the me­dia and at least one out­right lie by the US pres­i­dent.

On UK-US re­la­tions: ‘The high­est level of spe­cial’

May “No two coun­tries do more to­gether than ours to keep their peo­ple safe and pros­per­ous.”

Trump “The re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two na­tions is in­dis­pens­able to lib­erty, jus­tice and peace. The tra­di­tions of free­dom, sovereignty and the true rule of law were our shared gift to the world and we must never cease to be united in their de­fence and re­newal.”

“I would give our re­la­tion­ship with the UK the high­est level of spe­cial. Am I al­lowed to go higher than that? I am not sure. It’s the high­est level of spe­cial. They are very spe­cial peo­ple, it’s a very spe­cial coun­try and, as I said, I have a re­la­tion­ship be­cause my mother was born in Scot­land.”

On the Sun story and Brexit: ‘It’s called fake news’

Trump “I didn’t crit­i­cise the prime min­is­ter. I have a lot of re­spect for the prime min­is­ter. Un­for­tu­nately there was a story that was done which was gen­er­ally fine but it didn’t put in what I said about the prime min­is­ter. I said tremen­dous things. For­tu­nately, we tend to record sto­ries now so we have it for your en­joy­ment if you’d like it, but we record when we deal with re­porters, it’s called fake news, we solve a lot of prob­lems with the good old record­ing in­stru­ment …

“I said very good things about Theresa May. I don’t think they put it in, but that’s all right. I said to Theresa May I wanted to apol­o­gise, but she said ‘Don’t worry, it’s only the press’.”

“As far as ad­vice, I did give her a sug­ges­tion – I wouldn’t say ad­vice – and I think she found it maybe too bru­tal. Be­cause I could see that. I don’t know if you re­mem­ber what I said. I gave her a sug­ges­tion, not ad­vice. I wouldn’t want to give her ad­vice. I could fully un­der­stand why she thought it was a lit­tle bit tough.”

“You can’t walk away be­cause if she walks away then it means she’s stuck. You can’t walk away, but you can do other things. She can do what my sug­ges­tion was.”

May “Lots of peo­ple give ad­vice on how to ne­go­ti­ate with the Euro­pean Union. My job is ac­tu­ally get­ting out there and do­ing it.”

“I also want to have a good trade re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Union. This isn’t an ei­ther/or. We don’t just re­place one with the other.”

On Boris John­son: ‘He’ll be a great prime min­is­ter’

Trump “They asked about Boris John­son, how would he be as a prime min­is­ter. I said he’ll be a great prime min­is­ter. He’s been very nice to me, he’s been say­ing very good things about me as pres­i­dent.

“I think he thinks I’m do­ing a great job, I am do­ing a great job, that I can tell you, just in case you haven’t no­ticed.”

“But Boris John­son would, I think, be a great prime min­is­ter. But I also said that this in­cred­i­ble woman, right here, is do­ing a fan­tas­tic job, a great job. And I mean that.”

On im­mi­gra­tion: ‘It has been very bad for Europe’

Trump “I think it has been very bad for Europe. Europe is a place I know very well and I think that what has hap­pened is very tough. It’s a very tough sit­u­a­tion. I mean, you see the same ter­ror at­tacks that I do. We see them a lot. I just think it’s chang­ing the cul­ture. It’s a very neg­a­tive thing for Europe. I think it’s very neg­a­tive … And I know it’s po­lit­i­cally, not nec­es­sar­ily cor­rect, to say that, but I’ll say it and I’ll say it loud.”

May “The UK has a proud his­tory of wel­com­ing peo­ple who are flee­ing per­se­cu­tion to our coun­try. We have a proud his­tory of wel­com­ing peo­ple to our coun­try to con­trib­ute to our econ­omy and con­trib­ute to

‘I would give our re­la­tion­ship with the UK the high­est level of spe­cial’ Don­ald Trump US pres­i­dent

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