Trump Apologizes to May and Vows U.K. Trade Deal After Brexit

Demonstrators take part in an anti Trump protest in central London on Friday

Demonstrators take part in an anti Trump protest in central London on Friday

Some Conservative lawmakers have cast May's "business-friendly" Brexit plan as a betrayal that would leave Britain too close to the European Union and warned that she might face a leadership challenge.

President Donald Trump today described the US-UK relationship as "indispensable" and "the highest level of special" as he sought to backtrack on his earlier comments that British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy would "kill" chances of a trade deal between the two countries.

"Once the Brexit process is concluded and perhaps the United Kingdom has left the European Union, I don't know what they're going to do but whatever you do is OK with me, that's your decision", he told the joint news conference in the garden of her official country residence Chequers. And he warned that Britain's trade relationship with the US could be in jeopardy if May follows through with her "soft" Brexit blueprint. "This is an incredible opportunity for our two countries and we will seize it fully".

He added, "I said, 'Brexit will happen.' The vote is going to go positive, because people don't want to be faced with the frightful immigration problems that they are being faced with in other countries".

May batted away questions about Boris Johnson, her former foreign minister who resigned last week after she announced her plan for a "soft" Brexit.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, he denied criticizing May and suggested that the newspaper had left out his praise of the British prime minister. "They are just a lobbyist for Amazon", he told The Sun.

"If you reported them that's good", Mr Trump told the political correspondent. "She didn't listen to me".

Trump added that he wished the paper put the "tremendous things" he said about May in its headline, but acknowledged, "That's one of those things".

"The reaffirmation of the British-U.S. relation we saw at the press conference will probably assuage some of the doubts we have seen about the status of the relationship", Parakilas said.

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May, likewise, glossed over the comments in the Sun, saying her deal provided a platform for an ambitious free trade deal.

Some carried placards saying Special Relationship?

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The i reports that 100,000 people took to the streets of London to protest against the visit of Mr Trump. I think she's doing a terrific job.

"All of you remember", he said to reporters.

The president later travelled to Windsor Castle for tea with Queen Elizabeth.

He will stay in Scotland until Sunday when he heads to Helsinki for talks with Russia's Putin.

"If Trump truly wanted to emulate Churchill, he would celebrate the peace and prosperity of Europe and seek to strengthen rather than destroy trans-Atlantic ties", said Amanda Sloat, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a former State Department official in the Obama administration.

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