Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Donald Trump's criticisms are preposterous, says London mayor Sadiq Khan

Donald Trump's criticisms are preposterous, says London mayor Sadiq Khan

She had used the Blenheim black tie dinner with political and business leaders to press Mr Trump on the benefits of a free trade deal after Brexit.

The president and his wife will attend a dinner, hosted by Mrs May, at Blenheim Palace - the ancestral home of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill - in the evening.

Her pro-Brexit critics within her Conservative party say it fails to wrestle away the EU's reach, undermining Brexit's independence and sovereignty claims.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to boost their defense budgets significantly and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the United States was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the U.S. remains faithful to the accord.

In a statement issued overnight in response to backlash against The Sun interview, Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "The president likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".

In another setback, however, Trump also praised the plan's chief critic, Brexiteer Boris Johnson, saying he was "a very talented guy". I never said anything bad about her", Trump told The Sun, sticking to his usual critique of the newspaper: "That is fake news.

He also described Turnberry as "magical" and "one of my favourite places", adding: "My mother was born in Scotland and I have great friendships over there".

Mr Trump had a lot to say about his friend Mr Johnson, including expressing his sadness that he made a decision to quit his role in government over the Brexit plan.

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But Downing Street hit back at his comments, stating the Chequers' plan will "absolutely deliver what the British people voted for, which is taking back control of laws, borders and money".

"Clearly, the really hard Brexiters, the people who regard Theresa May as being a traitor, for keeping any sort of deal going with the European Union, they're going to love this", Lee said.

In a policy paper, the government will outline proposals to allow Britain to maintain close economic and security ties with the European Union even after it leaves the bloc in March.

The Sun said its interview with Trump was conducted in Brussels before he left for the British leg of his trip. "I think that's why Brexit happened". "I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism", he said. "I think he is a great representative for your country". "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all the disgusting things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in". "Nato is very important but it's helping Europe far more than it's helping us".

For her part May, in a Facebook post published before Trump's arrival in the United Kingdom and his Sun interview, insisted that "we are having good discussions with countries we would aim to sign trade deals with, including the U.S., as I will discuss with President Trump when he arrives in the United Kingdom on Thursday".

He added that London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who authorised protesters to raise a giant balloon showing a nappy-wearing Trump next to the British parliament on Friday, was doing a "terrible job" in fighting crime.

Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth.

Their departures, followed by a clutch of junior aides, destabilised May's government and revived talk of a leadership challenge against her.

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