Apologised to Theresa May Over 'Fake' Interview

Saul Bowman
July 15, 2018

The criticisms sparked unfavorable comment across the British media, with the Financial Times newspaper writing in an editorial that Trump's criticism "deliberately weakens the United Kingdom prime minister at a time when her government has been rocked by a series of resignations".

U.S. President Donald Trump with British Prime Minister Theresa May pose for photographers at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England, Friday, July 13, 2018.

"I said he'll be a great prime minister. But it is too bad what is going on", the president said.

Mrs May is facing a rebellion by Brexit hardliners over the proposals, including the resignation of Mr Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis. "I think the strategy here is for him to put out a bunch of statements, some of which are contradictory and some of which are nonsensical so that subsequently he can go back and pick the ones that are most useful at some future point and refer people to that".

The Independent also carries a picture from the protest, while reporting on Mr Trump's "backtrack".

"Now, as we prepare to leave the European Union, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more". Trump explained his comments to the Sun about Johnson in terms of himself, as he often does. "It's called fake news".

"I am not pitting one against the other", Trump said in the interview.

In an interview conducted before he began his visit, which will draw large protests, Trump said May's plans for close future ties with the European Union would "probably kill" her hopes for a trade deal with the United States.

Trump told the newspaper he had advised May on how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me".


Johnson last month said that Trump would do a better job than May has done negotiating Brexit. "I'm just saying, I think he'd be a great prime minister". "I think he's got what it takes, and I think he's got the right attitude to be a great prime minister".

"He thought she was great on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation today and is a really terrific person", Sanders said.

The two leaders are due to hold bilateral talks at Chequers this lunchtime, followed by a joint press conference.

"We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used - including those where the president was positive about the prime minister, in both the paper and in our audio".

"If you think of it, for so many years she's represented her country, she's never really made a mistake", he said.

In contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.

"The message we came here to give today is that Trump is not welcome in Britain", said shopkeeper Grish Gregoran, 58, who took the day off to attend.

"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.

The balloon was authorised by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has crossed swords with Trump several times after the president posted factually incorrect messages over a series of terror attacks in Britain in 2017.

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