Donald Trump visit: Student mows green message for President Trump
Jun 05 2019
Their trip comes at the most fragile time in Britain, which is hopelessly divided over Brexit, and as the ruling Conservative party chooses a successor for Prime Minister Theresa May.
A sea of media were on hand to cover Mr Trump's arrival, including United States press, and the president waved to reporters before being ushered aboard his helicopter.
"He is a very smart person" with a "lot to offer", said Mr Trump, although he acknowledged that British authorities "won't bring him in". He also noted Britain's request for a trade deal, saying that he thought "there's an opportunity for a very big trade deal at some point in the near future, we'll see how that works out".
Trump was asked about reports that he had cast Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, as "nasty" for criticizing him.
"I know the different players". "They have got to get the deal closed".
British Parliament had thrice rejected the divorce agreement that May signed with Brussels in November 2018, and she has had to delay Brexit twice and finally resign as prime minister.
"We'll have a very, very substantial trade deal, it'll be a very fair deal, and I think it's something we both want to do", Trump told May at a meeting in St James's Palace, a 500-year-old official residence of the monarch.
He has already waded far into Britain's turbulent domestic politics, where more than a dozen candidates are vying to replace May, who announced last month she was quitting after failing to get her European Union divorce deal through parliament.
"This is a man who tried to exploit Londoners' fears following a horrific terrorist attack on our city, amplified the tweets of a British far-right racist group, denounced as fake news robust scientific evidence warning of the dangers of climate change, and is now trying to interfere shamelessly in the Conservative party leadership race".
Boris Johnson, the front runner to be Britain's next prime minister, on promised to lead the country out of the European Union on October 31 with or without an exit deal, launching his leadership bid in a campaign video.
Mr Trump had already weighed in on Brexit and his security concerns over Huawei as he took off from America last night and used his arrival in the United Kingdom to vent his fury over Mr Khan's description of him as a "21st century fascist".
The statement put her government on a collision course with Trump after his envoy in London, Woody Johnson, told the BBC the "entire" United Kingdom economy would be on the table.
Notwithstanding Britain's enduring alliance with the United States, some British voters see Trump as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on issues ranging from global warming to his treatment of women.
Trump's visit also invited protests over what London Mayor Sadiq Khan described as his "divisive behaviour", while opposition politicians are boycotting the banquet.