Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

He tweeted that Mr Khan - who had earlier said the United Kingdom should "not roll out the red carpet" for Mr Trump - was a "stone cold loser", but the president added he was still looking forward to his visit.

Asked about potentially meeting Boris Johnson, Trump said: "He's been a friend of mine, he's been very nice".

"He is a very smart person".

"Our relationship has underpinned our countries' security and prosperity for many years, and will continue to do so for generations to come", May said ahead of the visit.

While the proudly unpredictable 45th US president lavished praise on the 93-year-old queen, his views on Britain's exit from the European Union, on the possible successor to Theresa May as British prime minister and a row over China's Huawei have cast a pall over the visit.

Unlike his last appearance in the U.K.in July, this time Trump will arrive as part of a State Visit-a more grandiose occasion which normally occurs following a formal invitation from the Queen.

Hundreds of thousands protested against him during a trip a year ago and a blimp depicting Trump as a snarling, nappy-clad baby will fly outside Britain's parliament during the visit.

He'll also visit Ireland to meet the prime minister, then head to France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

Away from the pageantry, Trump has already waded 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. The calculations that the country's Conservatives are making about who should succeed Prime Minister Theresa May are complicated, and unlikely to be much swayed by a presidential endorsement.

The Mayor said it was "important" to have good relations with America, but said: "I don't think we should be rolling out the red carpet".

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He has also compared Trump to 20th century fascists.

"I may meet with him".

Ahead of the visit the President denied called Meghan "nasty" when he was recently confronted with comments she made before the 2016 USA elections saying she would leave the country if he won.

"Haven't seen any protests yet, but I'm sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them", Trump wrote on Twitter.

A spokesman for Mr Khan said "childish insults" should be beneath the US President.

His suggestion went unheeded, and on Monday Trump arrived in the United Kingdom for a day of royal pageantry. He will travel to Buckingham Palace, where he will be greeted by the Queen and her son, Prince Charles.

Later, he laid a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and joined the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.

Tuesday will see Mr Trump and Mrs May hold talks and give a joint press conference in her Downing Street office, and then Mr Trump will host a dinner at the United States ambassador's residence.

Although Mr Trump has spoken of his admiration for Mrs May, there is expected to be differences of opinion during their talks, which begin on Tuesday.

Sadiq Khan, the UK-born son of Pakistani immigrants, has given the go-ahead for the huge "Baby Trump" balloon to fly again, following last year's viral debut.

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