Trump blew up the NATO summit, and as he arrives in the UK, he keeps it going.
In a totally bizarre and rambling interview to the (Rupert Murdoch-owned) Sun, Trump blasts Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of Brexit, complicating her dicey political situation within her party over negotiations to leave the European Union.
Trump told the Sun,
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal. If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made.”
May hosted Trump and Melania for dinner. Does she need this right now, as her party threatens to fracture over Brexit negotiations? Yeah, no.
Trump complimented Boris Johnson saying he was saddened that he was leaving government.
“Well I am not pitting one against the other. I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he’s got what it takes.
I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me.
She wanted to go a different route. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way. And that is fine. She should negotiate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what is going on.”
Trump also bashed the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
“I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you’d like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.
Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism.
I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in.”
Trump clashed with Khan after last June’s van and knife rampage on London Bridge and Borough Market — mocking the mayor for his appeal to Londoners to stay calm. He tweeted,
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
And he claimed the situation pains him personally as the son of two EU countries.
“I have great love for countries in Europe.
Don’t forget, essentially I’m a product of the European Union, between Scotland and Germany.
Right? My father Germany, my mother Scotland.
Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame.
I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way.
So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.
I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn’t exist ten or 15 years ago.”
But what seemed to upset Trump most was London’s general rejection of the president. Trump is trying to avoid the city, as massive protests are expected. Khan approved the permit for protesters to fly the giant “Trump baby” balloon. He seemed to blame his less-than-warm reception on the mayor himself
According to The Sun,
DONALD Trump has admitted he “feels unwelcome” in London as a major security operation was launched for his arrival in the UK yesterday.
But the tycoon insists real British people “love the President of the United States”.
Mr Trump told The Sun he will be largely staying away from the capital to avoid huge street protests of up to 200,000 today.
But he blamed them on politicians — singling out his nemesis, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Revealing he has been told of the 20ft “Trump Baby” blimp that will be flown above Parliament Square today, he said:
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.
“I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?
“And when I say that I am talking about government because the people of the UK agree with me.”
Mr Trump let his true feelings slip during an exclusive interview with The Sun hours before Air Force One touched down at Stansted Airport at 2pm yesterday.
Of his four-day visit, he added:
“Many people are delighted. I get thousands of notifications from people in the UK that they love the President of the United States.”
He described a West London pub being renamed The Trump Arms for the duration of the trip as “wonderful”, adding:
“I love those people. Those are my people.”
Mr Trump added:
“You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party — 92 per cent. Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe.
“But the people of the UK, and I’ll bet if you had an honest poll, I’d be very strong. They want the same thing I want. I love the UK.”
As if there were polls in Lincoln’s day. But according to a recent poll in the UK, 11% approve of Donald Trump – 61% disapprove. But facts are dead.
Honest Abe? Lying Donald. Lord help U.S… maybe I should say, God Save the Queen. Wonder if she’ll take U.S. back?
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