Trump blasts May over Brexit during United Kingdom visit, casting pall over ties

GETTYMay and Trump at Nato

GETTYMay and Trump at Nato

"We will do a trade deal with them and with others around the world", May said.

President Donald Trump directly criticized Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, saying it had probably killed off hope of a U.S.

As the Trumps dined with the Mays, protests in the British capital took place outside Winfield House, the residence of US Ambassador Woody Johnson.

Asked if he could become prime minister, he added: "Well I am not pitting one against the other".

"I predicted Brexit. I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry - you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is handsome - the day before the Brexit vote", Trump said.

It comes just days after the president declined to say whether Mrs May should remain in post, said he had "always liked" Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over the Chequers agreement, and described the United Kingdom as being in "turmoil". "This is an incredible opportunity for our two countries and we will seize it fully".

As his performance at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation showed on Thursday, Mr Trump takes the opposite approach, firing off scatter-gun, apparently off-the-cuff remarks in sometimes rambling responses which can surprise his hosts and his White House staff alike.

Trump, despite his interview with The Sun, said that he supported whatever decision May comes to regarding Brexit, Britain's departure from the European Union. Central to plans for a post-Brexit Britain is a free trade deal with the U.S.

"I would have done it much differently".

On Mrs May's reaction, he added: "She's a total professional because when I saw her this morning I said "I want to apologise because I said such good things about you".

While Trump's trip was not a full state visit, he has been given red carpet treatment and is scheduled to have tea later with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, where her grandson Prince Harry married US actress Meghan Markle in May.

"If you think of it, for so many years she's represented her country, she's never really made a mistake", he said. "She said: "Don't worry, it's only the press".

Trump's visit to Britain followed two days of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium, where the US president shook up the conference with rhetoric about other members failing to meet fiscal defense requirements, the possibility that he could end the United States' 70-year membership in the alliance and Germany being "captive" to Russian energy.

He paid a brief visit to the USA ambassador's central London residence before taking a helicopter to Blenheim Palace ― the monumental house where Winston Churchill was born― for a lavish dinner event with British Prime Minister Theresa May. It was one of the more than 100 demonstrations planned across the country during his four-day stay. I think she is a nice person. I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him'.

Trump even took a shot at London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not taking a harder line on immigration and painted the city as a hub for terrorism.

And in a newspaper interview, Trump continued to hammer Mr Khan - saying he was doing a "terrible job".

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