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Donald Trump apologises to British PM Theresa May over ‘fake news’

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British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand together with U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the entrance to Blenheim Palace near Oxford

Trump said that immigration has been "a very negative thing for Europe" while May responded that "the United Kingdom has a proud history of welcoming people fleeing persecution" and "immigration has been good for the U.K".

Trump's interview with the paper came after his contentious meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in Brussels and ahead of his scheduled visit with Queen Elizabeth II. 'You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago.' He added: 'Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame'. The band of the Coldstream Guards played the Star-Spangled Banner and she invited the president to inspect the guard of honour.

Asked how he would rate the relationship between the USA and UK, Mr Trump answered: "The highest grade of special". "He does not deserve to meet our Queen today #StopTrump".

"But at times where we think the other side is not meeting the high standards we expect of each other we shouldn't be afraid of calling them out - that's like having a best mate".

"She wanted to go a different route", Trump said, according to audio of an interview posted by The Sun.

US President Donald Trump insisted he did not criticise Theresa May in the interview that dominated the build-up to the two leaders' press conference.

Trump said it was "up to the people" to decide if Mrs May remained in power at the White House before boarding Air Force One before leaving for Europe.

The joint news conference at May's country retreat was far removed from massive demonstrations against Trump's policies.

In an incendiary interview, warned that her Brexit plan would "kill the deal" between the U.S. and Britain on trade.

"This is what people need to be doing - to come together in their communities to organize and work out how to stand against right-wing populism and xenophobia that we're seeing not just in the USA but in Europe", organizer Kevin Smith told The Associated Press. After the publication of the Brexit white paper yesterday reactions coming from the financial sector were harsh, with some even saying this was the worst Brexit that could happen. "He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K".

First Lady Melania Trump (centre) joined the prime minister's husband Philip May (second right), on a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, and took questions from school children. She met Chelsea Pensioners and local children.

After the question was posed to the USA president, the reporter appeared to be ushered out of the room at Chequers, the official residence of the PM.

Before his meeting with May, Trump had already dismayed her team by breaching diplomatic protocol and criticizing her handling of Brexit negotiations in his interview with the Sun.

Asked about that interview, Trump said he did not criticize the prime minister and was gushing in his praise of his host, saying she was tough and capable.

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