Trump takes tea with the Queen... and praises her ‘beau­ti­ful grace’

Pres­i­dent tells The Sun John­son should be PM Brexit plan ‘would kill free trade with the US’

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US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump has been wel­comed by the Queen to Wind­sor Cas­tle as the of­fi­cial part of his whirl­wind visit to the UK drew to a close.

The Queen greeted the US leader and First Lady Me­la­nia Trump in the quad­ran­gle of the Royal res­i­dence – a home to kings and queens for cen­turies.

Wait­ing to be in­spected by Mr Trump was a guard of hon­our, formed by one of the Army’s long­est-serv­ing units, the 1st Bat­tal­ion Cold­stream Guards, in their red tu­nics and bearskins.

Ahead of the meet­ing be­tween the heads of state, Mr Trump spoke of his ad­mi­ra­tion for the Queen.

He said: “If you think of it, for so many years she has rep­re­sented her coun­try, she has re­ally never made a mis­take.

“You don’t see, like, any­thing em­bar­rass­ing. She is just an in­cred­i­ble woman.

“My wife is a tremen­dous fan of hers. She has got a great and beau­ti­ful grace about her.”

Dur­ing the Queen’s 66year reign there have been 13 Amer­i­can pres­i­dents, from Harry S Tru­man to Mr Trump, and she has now met all of them ex­cept one, Lyn­don B John­son.

Later, Mr and Mrs Trump took tea with the Queen in the cas­tle’s Oak Room, where in 2016 she hosted tea for the then US pres­i­dent Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. In 2008, when then-Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush had tea with the Queen at Wind­sor, he en­joyed a tra­di­tional English af­ter­noon spread of tea, small sand­wiches and cakes in the White Draw­ing Room.

The Band of the Cold­stream Guards and the Band of the Gre­nadier Guards played the US na­tional an­them when Mr Trump and his wife ar­rived, and the guard of hon­our gave a Royal salute. The day af­ter the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks, the Band of the Cold­stream Guards played the Star-Span­gled Ban­ner on the fore­court of Buck­ing­ham Palace as a mark of re­spect. Per­mis­sion was granted by the Queen for Amer­ica’s na­tional an­them to be played dur­ing the chang­ing of the guard cer­e­mony.

My wife is a tremen­dous fan of (the Queen). She has a beau­ti­ful grace. US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

DON­ALD TRUMP apol­o­gised to Theresa May over an in­cen­di­ary in­ter­view crit­i­cis­ing her premier­ship, and hailed UK-US re­la­tions as the “high­est level of spe­cial”.

Af­ter in­ten­sive talks at Che­quers, an emol­lient US pres­i­dent show­ered praise on the “in­cred­i­ble” Prime Min­is­ter and said she was “do­ing a fan­tas­tic job”.

The meet­ing took place in the wake of an ex­plo­sive news­pa­per in­ter­view in which he said the Prime Min­is­ter’s Brexit plans would kill off a trade deal with Amer­ica and Boris John­son would be a “great prime min­is­ter”.

At a press con­fer­ence later in the grounds of the PM’s coun­try res­i­dence, Mr Trump in­sisted he “didn’t crit­i­cise” the Prime Min­is­ter and hit out at “fake news”.

The US pres­i­dent told Mrs May “what­ever you do is OK with me” on Brexit, but urged her to “make sure we can trade to­gether”.

Tens of thou­sands of protesters gath­ered in cen­tral Lon­don to de­nounce the visit for stok­ing “di­vi­sion along fault lines of fear and ha­tred”.

But well away from the noisy demon­stra­tions, Mr Trump and Mrs May took ques­tions from re­porters.

The pres­i­dent said Mrs May “can’t walk away” from exit talks with the Euro­pean Union, though sug­gested she could use other meth­ods to se­cure a good deal.

Mr Trump said he had given the PM a sug­ges­tion about how to come out on top in the talks but “she found it maybe too bru­tal”.

But he praised Mrs May as a “very tough ne­go­tia­tor” and de­scribed her as an “in­cred­i­ble woman” who is “do­ing a fan­tas­tic job”.

“She’s a very smart, very tough, very ca­pa­ble per­son and I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that I can tell you,” he added.

The US pres­i­dent left Mrs May badly wounded when he crit­i­cised her ne­go­ti­at­ing style, lav­ished praise on Boris John­son and at­tacked her Brexit plan in an in­ter­view with The Sun. Mr Trump said he would have car­ried out the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions “much dif­fer­ently” and claimed the Prime Min­is­ter did not lis­ten to his ad­vice.

He said: “If they do a deal like that, we would be deal­ing with the Euro­pean Union in­stead of deal­ing with the UK, so it will prob­a­bly kill the deal.

“If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will prob­a­bly not be made.”

He went on to say Mr John­son, who quit as For­eign Sec­re­tary over the Che­quers plan, was “a great rep­re­sen­ta­tive for your coun­try”.

Mr Trump said he apol­o­gised to Mrs May over The Sun front­page story, and she replied: “Don’t worry it’s only the press.” But he re­peated his praise of Mr John­son, say­ing: “Boris John­son, I think, would be a great prime min­is­ter.”

Mrs May said it was “all of our re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that transat­lantic unity en­dures”.

The PM said the United States is “keen” to do a deal with the UK. “We will do a trade deal with them and with oth­ers around the rest of the world,” she added.

Mr Trump is meet­ing the Queen, who he called a “tremen­dous woman”, at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn said he did not feel Bri­tain should be “rolling out the red car­pet” to Mr Trump. “What­ever the de­ci­sion the Queen de­cides to take about whether to in­vite him to tea or not, and what ad­vice the Prime Min­is­ter gives on that, is be­tween them, I don’t know what went on. But per­son­ally, I don’t think we should have been rolling out the red car­pet for Don­ald Trump.

“We should be hav­ing meet­ings with the US gov­ern­ment, the ad­min­is­tra­tion, as we al­ways should, as we should with every other gov­ern­ment in the world. We have to re­late to other gov­ern­ments, but you’ve got to be clear what you’re do­ing.

“Are we rolling out the red car­pet un­crit­i­cally or say­ing, hang on, there are is­sues where we fun­da­men­tally dis­agree? It’s a very strange thing to do, to come on a visit to an­other coun­try, to meet that coun­try’s prime min­is­ter, and then an­nounce that you would like to see as her suc­ces­sor a per­son who’s just re­signed from her Gov­ern­ment.”

She’s a very smart, very tough, very ca­pa­ble per­son. Pres­i­dent Trump tries to re­pair the dam­age by prais­ing Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

PIC­TURE: PA WIRE.

ROYAL SALUTE: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­spects a guard of hon­our dur­ing his meet­ing with the Queen at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

HANDS ACROSS THE OCEAN: US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump gets to grips with the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship and Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May prior to a joint press con­fer­ence at Che­quers, her coun­try res­i­dence in Buck­ing­hamshire.

PIC­TURES: PA WIRE.

FLAG DAY: Sur­rounded by flags, the two lead­ers meet in Che­quers; a car­toon baby blimp of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is flown by protesters in Par­lia­ment Square in Lon­don,

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