U.S. President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the leader of the United States' closest ally in Europe, and tea with Queen Elizabeth, set against a backdrop of protests and what he described as the country's turmoil over Brexit.
He is due to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle following his talks with May, before flying to Scotland for a two-day private visit and break before jetting back to the US.
Donald Trump delivered a snub to his host Theresa May, who hours before had laid on a prestigious dinner for the U.S. president at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. "I think that's why they voted for Brexit".
Donald Trump has warned Theresa May her Brexit plan could "kill" any UK-US trade deal because Britain would remain so closely aligned to the European Union.
While the White House had previously denied the president's schedule in London was meant to keep him away from the protests, Trump admitted as much in an interview with the British-owned tabloid "The Sun". I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism'. "I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", he said.
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Earlier today he gave an extraordinary press conference in Brussels after giving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders a bruising over funding, where he wrote off protesters and said Theresa May's Brexit deal probably wasn't what Britons voted for. A lot of people like me there.
"Yes, we'll be talking about the trade issues - and we're looking for the time when we leave the European Union - we'll be able in the implementation period to negotiate and sign trade deals with the rest of the world".
Anti-Trump demonstrations were expected to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff.
Fresh from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where Trump chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defence spending, British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his trip will boost the close ties between their two nations and help forge a future free trade deal.
Mr Trump went further and suggested to the Sun Mr Johnson was "a great representative for your country".
Asked about Trump's remarks while also in Brussels, May said: "What we are doing is delivering on the vote of the British people... that's what our proposal does". "She wanted to go a different route", Trump said, according to audio of an interview posted by The Sun.
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Trump sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Trump flew to Helsinki. During the CBS News interview, Trump never criticized the Kremlin or Putin for the meddling in America's election.