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Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

After Blasting UK Over Brexit, Donald Trump Says Relationship Very Strong

After Blasting UK Over Brexit, Donald Trump Says Relationship Very Strong

Venting to The Sun, a conservative newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch (who also owns 21st Century Fox, the parent company of FOX Business), Trump said Prime Minister Theresa May had "wrecked it" and if her plan to exit the European Union maintained their trade partnership, that would be a problem and "probably kill" a bilateral trade deal with the U.S.

May has tried hard to cultivate a good relationship with the wrecking ball President, in large part because Britain needs strong trading ties with the USA more than ever now that it is leaving the EU.

The meetings were expected to be unusually tense after Trump trashed May's Brexit plans in a diplomacy-wrecking interview with The Sun newspaper that published late Thursday night. "I think he's got what it takes, and I think he's got the right attitude to be a great prime minister".

Trump's remarks came as he prepared to meet May for a working lunch at Chequers.

May sidestepped a reporter's question about whether she felt undermined by Trump's reported comments on her Brexit plan. He was decidedly critical of May and her Brexit plan, saying he "would have done it much differently".

Trump expressed his admiration for Johnson in an interview with The Sun, published just hours before a scheduled meeting with Mrs May at her Chequers residence. "She wanted to go a different route". And that is fine.

"It will certainly be something that we bring up and talk about", the USA president said.

As Trump and May held a press conference in the United Kingdom, the former was asked if he "changed his tune" after his interview with The Sun where he slammed May's policies and threatened to pull a USA -U.K trade deal off the table.

"It was not the deal that was in the referendum".

They added: "To say the President called us "fake news" with any serious intent is, well. fake news". "So a lot of people don't like it".

However his trip to meet Putin is set to be overshadowed by news that a USA federal grand jury has indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

Donald Trump reiterated his belief that Boris Johnson would make a "great prime minister" - while standing next to UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump flew into Britain on Thursday, having already subjected North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels to a roasting over their levels of defence spending. -British trade deal after she failed to take his advice on how to negotiate.

But Trump poured cold water on May's offer.

Trump also said he was "cracking down" on the European Union as "they have not treated the United States fairly on trading". Trump changed his position from the criticism in The Sun interview.

"Whatever you do is OK with us, just make sure we can trade together, that's all that matters".

But on Friday, Trump gave a press conference with May in which he said on Brexit, "Whatever you're going to do is OK with us". Trump said he would bring up the issue of nuclear disarmament with Putin.

Some pro-Trump events are also taking place. "My job is actually getting out there and doing it, and that's exactly what I've done". The mayor defended his record to the BBC.

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