Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Thousands take to London's streets to protest at Trump visit

Thousands take to London's streets to protest at Trump visit

Hours after his arrival, he condemned Prime Minister Theresa May in an explosive interview in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid, in which he slammed her policy on Brexit.

"I would have done it much differently".

In an interview with the Sun published late Thursday, as he dined with May, Trump said her proposal to execute a so-called "soft Brexit", maintaining ties with the European Union, was wrong and would torpedo a USA trade deal.

"Once we have our agreement with the European Union in place, I'm confident that there will be the latitude and the ability to do a significant trade deal with the United States".

"This is what people need to be doing - to come together in their communities to organize and work out how to stand against right-wing populism and xenophobia that we're seeing not just in the USA but in Europe", organizer Kevin Smith told The Associated Press.

Donald Trump told Theresa May to be "brutal" and "tough" in the Brexit negotiations, according to one of the president's former advisers.

But he also said "this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job and I mean that".

"I don't think it will kill the deal".

Thousands of people have protested in London against Mr Trump's United Kingdom visit. "You have a mayor who has done a bad job in London".

President Trump also attacked the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, as protests took place in the capital and permission was given for a "Trump baby" blimp to be flown.

During the press conference, Mr Trump - who regularly accuses the USA media of "fake news" over its coverage of him - also clashed with a reporter from the American NBC network, describing it as "possibly worse than CNN".

Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018.

Despite the welcome from British Prime Minister Theresa May, many Britons are opposed to Mr Trump's visit.

May was gracious throughout the exchange, and joked with Trump about the press. "I think you're losing your culture". "Standing beside her today, he told a very different story". He then reminded the press that his mother was from Scotland.

May hopes Trump, who arrived at Stansted airport from Brussels, will help accelerate a future free trade deal, though his public comments on Brexit have cast a shadow over the visit.

His visit has sparked opposition since May invited the president to a prestigious state visit when she became the first world leader to meet Trump at the White House following his inauguration.

Such comments are likely to be seen as unwelcome by Mrs May, who has already faced significant political criticism for hosting Mr Trump. Khan explained in an interview that there's no reason to stop the balloon given that it is a safe and peaceful way of protesting.

The Sun is no stranger to publishing controversial material.

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