Donald Trump was 'thinking about my mother' when he met Queen Elizabeth

Saul Bowman
July 16, 2018

President Trumps said in a recent interview he doesn't see any potential Democratic challenger, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. "But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?"

President Donald Trump has told a British TV interviewer that Queen Elizabeth II told him Brexit is "complex".

Trump said he also told May that the United Kingdom should obtain a Brexit "carve out" from the European Union to allow them to do a comprehensive trade deal with America. Why, you ask? Because about 12 hours before this meeting, Trump blasted May for her handling of Brexit and said that he "told [her] how to do it but she didn't listen".

"Everyone thought it was going to be "Oh it's simple, we join or don't join, or let's see what happens", he said.

In a meeting like this, etiquette requires Trump to wait until the queen offers her hand, then to shake it politely and move on. "That is a lovely woman".

The queen's first presidential encounter took place 67 years ago when she was still a princess.

So usually that helps. My mother passed away a while ago, and she was a tremendous fan of the queen.

"And very lovely. It was really something special", Trump said of the meeting. "She's a fantastic woman; so much energy and smart and sharp". If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. She's a very special person.

The royal handshakes followed the president's meeting earlier Friday with Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers, the PM's country retreat. He also refused to answer questions from CNN, calling the network "fake", and moved immediately to take a question from Fox News instead.

"The reason why the rest of the world in large part has repaired to us is not the example of our power, but the power of our example", Biden said. "That's a really good thing".

Next week, they will travel to Finland where the president will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki on Monday.

Biden may be seen as an early frontrunner, but there are plenty of other Democrats eyeing a chance to take on Trump in 2020, and shape a Democratic party now wrestling with its identity and lacking a dominant leader.

The 30-minute interview in the Daily Mail produced a multitude of Trumpisms - or as Morgan himself put it, "lengthy hyperbolic boasts about how great he is and how well he's doing".

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