Trump falsely claims credit on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value and assailing Germany

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would discuss substantial reductions to nuclear weapons when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin but cautioned that a "rigged witch hunt" in the United States was hampering efforts to improve relations.

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defence and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the US".

Late a year ago, May herself criticized Trump for retweeting a message by a member of a British far-right group, and the speaker of parliament has said the president would not be welcome to address the chamber.

Trump added that although he did not know Putin very well, he hoped that one day he might become friends with him.

Trump called the 92-year-old queen - the longest-reigning monarch in British history - "a tremendous woman".

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

May has insisted that her Brexit plan will allow Britain to strike its own lucrative trade deals with countries like the USA after her country has left the bloc as planned in March next year. "I'm a very stable genius".

Donald Trump and and his wife Melania walk on the tarmac (left) at Stansted Airport, north of London, on Thursday, as Trump begins his first visit to the United Kingdom as USA president.

When asked if there was any way for relations with the Kremlin to improve while Russian Federation continues to occupy Crimea, which it annexed 2014, Trump said: "Yes, I think so". "I do not think it's good for Europe, and it's not good for our country", he said.

Trump claimed a personal victory at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday after telling European allies to increase spending or lose Washington's support, an ultimatum that forced leaders to huddle in a crisis session with the US president.

The comments marked Trump's latest attempt to set the stage for his meeting with Putin, with a combination of tough talk and suggestions of future improved ties.

Trump also said that former Foreign Secretary Johnson - who disagrees with May on Brexit and resigned this week - would make a "great prime minister", adding: "I think he's got what it takes".

He said "the deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

"We had a dinner, where I think we probably developed a better relationship".

You have a mayor who has done a bad job in London.

But on Friday, Trump said that after speaking with May and her advisers he had been convinced a trade deal "absolutely will be possible".

Before his meeting with May, Trump had already dismayed her team by breaching diplomatic protocol and criticizing her handling of Brexit negotiations in his interview with the Sun.

"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russia because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", Trump said.

The British government on Thursday published its long-awaited Brexit blueprint aimed at restarting stalled talks with the European Union, only for it to be panned by eurosceptics, the City of London and the USA president.

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