Theresa May focused on boosting USA trade relationship during Trump's visit

Theresa May focused on boosting USA trade relationship during Trump's visit

The US president and his wife Melania arrived in London on Thursday with the first official engagement of their two-day visit being a lavish black-tie welcome dinner at Blenheim Palace hosted by the British prime minister.

The biggest protests are set for Friday, when demonstrators plan to march through central London and float a huge balloon depicting Mr Trump as a baby in diapers over the Houses of Parliament. He'll return to London to spend the night at Nine Elms, the residence of Woody Johnson, U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

He said he had told May how to do a Brexit deal, but: "She didn't agree, she didn't listen to me..."

"The spirit of friendship and cooperation between our countries, our leaders and our people, that most special of relationships, has a long and proud history".

May, who voted "Remain" in the 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union, proposed earlier Thursday that Britain and the bloc would stick to a "common rulebook" with the European Union for goods and agricultural products in return for free trade, without tariffs or border customs checks.

The convention-shredding U.S. president ignored diplomatic niceties ahead of touching down for the four-day visit, his first to Britain since taking power by rebuking his beleaguered host as she battles to stop her government falling apart over Brexit.

Britain and the USA are the largest investors in each other's economies, with over a trillion dollars of investments between them, Mrs May, said, adding: "The strength and breadth of Britain's contribution to the United States economy can not be understated".

May's "business-friendly" Brexit plan - which would keep Britain in a free trade zone for goods with the European Union but mean it has to share some European Union rules - was agreed by her cabinet only last Friday after two years of wrangling since Britons voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum.

"Whatever you do is okay with us, just make sure we can trade together, that's all that matters", he told May at a press conference in the grounds of the 16th-century manor house, miles away from the colourful crowds denouncing his own domestic policies.

Well, at least Melania Trump is spending her time in London - and maybe Donald Trump could take some learning from that.

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Mr Trump was also full of praise for the Prime Minister, saying: "She's a very tough negotiator".

Trump, who has repeatedly praised Brexit, has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging agreement with Britain after its European Union departure.

Referring to the Brexit blueprint, which was outlined by the government on Thursday, he said: "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

Brexit "creates an opportunity to reach a free trade agreement that creates jobs and growth here in the UK and right across the United States", she said.

May was the first head of government to officially meet Trump as president, in January 2017.

A meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Georgia and Ukraine that Trump was scheduled to attend was called into order around 8:50 a.m. Trump arrived around 9:15 a.m. The UK's speaker of parliament made clear that Trump, because of his values, would not be invited to address MPs. And a year ago Trump was critisied across the political spectrum for deriding London's mayor's response to an Islamist attack.

USA ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, has said a deal will be "a major priority" for Trump, calling Brexit "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change direction". "That's why we flew over him with a message branding him well below par". "How can we roll out the red carpet for someone who stands for everything we stand against?"

Some 77 percent of Britons have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to a poll by YouGov with 1,648 respondents.

While his schedule studiously avoids any high-profile events in London, the British capital will see a mass demonstration and rally Friday, one of several protests across Britain including a tuneful one by a group of opera singers.

Melania Trump praised for J. Mendel gown: 'She looks like a princess'
She also said that it's an opportunity to strengthen cooperation on security. "I think they like me a lot in the UK". One woman who saw the President arrive said he had given a "short speech" which she described as "lovely".

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