White House defends United Kingdom comments: Trump ‘likes and respects’ Theresa May

Aaron Bernstein  Reuters

Aaron Bernstein Reuters

"I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", he said.

Knowing that lots of people you DO like would be upset if you don't put on a show.

Earlier in the week, she wore a semi-sheer Calvin Klein sleeveless dress at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, and chose a form-fitting Roland Mourey dress as she and her husband touched down in the UK.

Another man, who did not wish to give his name, said: "It was very complimentary to England and to the allies that we have, very positive".

Trump's verbal attack on Khan came after the London mayor refused to block a plan to fly a giant inflatable "Trump baby" near parliament to coincide with the president's visit to the UK.

Johnson added that the President "appreciates free speech" and that he was "very focused on the special relationship" between the USA and the UK. May had used the Blenheim black tie dinner with political and business leaders to press Trump on the benefits of a free trade deal after Brexit.

Trump also lamented in the interview that May had ignored his advice on how to proceed with Brexit, for which the British voted in 2016.

Asked about Trump's comments, May said: "We're delivering on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders". I know they have had a lot of resignations. "I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was, and I don't mean that in a positive way".

The organisers behind the blimp however, said they were just "poking fun" and "hope Trump sees it".

Despite not being an official state visit, the Government is desperate to ensure the U.S. leader feels he is being treated with the appropriate level of pomp and ceremony.

And even on day one, protestors were out in their droves at his highly secure residence in Regent's Park.

Trump and his wife Melania are due to meet the 92-year-old monarch at Windsor Castle on Friday and both the imposing setting and Elizabeth being one of the most admired women in the world is expected to temper the USA president's iconaclastic ways. He is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday.

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And he made clear that he did not approve of the softer stance the PM has been advocating despite fury from many Tory MPs.

In an interview published just hours before he was due to have lunch with May and tea with Queen Elizabeth on Friday, Trump chided the "very unfortunate" results of the prime minister's Brexit negotiation. The EU better be careful.

"I would have done it much differently".

The visit is set to be a huge policing operation, with as many as 4,000 officers deployed from forces throughout the United Kingdom, as reported by The Guardian.

Referring to planned protests on Friday, Trump added: "I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important". A police security operation is taking place.

The US president and First Lady Melania Trump's arrival was marked by a military ceremony, with bandsmen of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards playing the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace and the National Emblem march.

Dick said: "We will keep him safe".

A statement on the U.S. embassy website warns United States citizens to "be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent".

Dick said: "Later today we have a visiting head of state from across the pond".

Criticising May for the warm welcome given to the American leader, he said: "Theresa May has invited President Trump to our country at a time when his risky and inhumane policies are putting the lives and wellbeing of millions of people at risk".

"Tonight there will be protests, tomorrow there will be protests".

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