Donald Trump has scrambled to restore bruised relations with Theresa May, utilizing a unprecedented press convention to accuse the British media of “faux information” and hail US-UK hyperlinks as “the very best degree of particular”.
The president tried to undo harm brought on by an interview during which he questioned Ms Could’s Brexit plans, suggesting they could torpedo a US commerce deal, and exalted her political rival Boris Johnson.
However standing subsequent to the prime minister on the awkward occasion, he ostentatiously lavished reward on her as “good”, “powerful”, “succesful” and “unbelievable”, lastly including “I’d a lot relatively have her as my pal than my enemy, that I can let you know.”
It got here on a day when the pair had watched a joint train of US and UK particular forces and the president met the Queen at Windsor Fortress, as a part of an official go to.
The press convention occurred within the grounds of Ms Could’s Chequers nation retreat, a spot Mr Trump mentioned he had “learn a lot about rising up in historical past class”.
After they strolled to the dual podiums chatting and at one level holding palms, questions turned to Mr Trump’s comments made to The Solar, that Ms Could’s Brexit plans weren’t what folks voted for and that he had advised her to do it otherwise.
Answering, he mentioned: “I didn’t criticise the prime minister, I’ve lots of respect for the prime minister and sadly there was a narrative that was finished, which was usually high-quality, nevertheless it didn’t put in what I mentioned in regards to the prime minister and I mentioned great issues.
“Happily, we are inclined to file tales now, so we’ve it in your enjoyment, should you’d prefer it, however we file once we cope with reporters – it’s referred to as faux information.”
The president mentioned he had learn studies that Ms Could’s EU withdrawal plan would possibly impede a US commerce deal – the securing of which has come to indicate whether or not Brexit is a hit.
However he mentioned that after talking with the prime minister’s representatives, a deal “will completely be doable”.
The comment might be a aid for Downing Road, which earlier within the day argued that the president’s Solar interview was given earlier than Mr Trump had an opportunity to learn Ms Could’s Brexit white paper, and that the PM had now introduced him “on top of things”.
Requested about whether or not he had suggested her to do one thing totally different in Brexit talks, Mr Trump mentioned: “I did give her a suggestion. I wouldn’t say recommendation, and I feel she discovered it possibly too brutal…however I did give her a certain quantity of…I gave her a suggestion, not recommendation.”
He mentioned that if the UK fails to “make the precise deal”, Ms Could may but find yourself doing what he had urged, although he denied he had advised her to stroll away from Brexit talks – one thing which might have boosted Tory rebels inflicting issue for Ms Could.
Requested to set out what he had mentioned as a substitute, he defined that she may do “different issues”, earlier than happening to reward Ms Could as a tricky negotiator.
He added: “I can let you know there are lots of people which are wanting up now saying ‘gee whizz’, , she left lots of people in her wake, she’s a really good, very powerful, very succesful individual and I’d a lot relatively have her as my pal than my enemy, that I can let you know.”
Whereas he admitted that he had been requested whether or not Mr Johnson would make a superb prime minister, and he mentioned he thought he would, he mentioned Ms Could was doing “a terrific job, and that Brexit is a really powerful state of affairs”.
Utilizing the frugal vocabulary that characterises his public talking, Mr Trump mentioned his earlier night time’s dinner at Blenheim Palace, his go to to a Winston Churchill exhibition and the allies profitable World Conflict Two have been all “particular”.
Then summing up his relations with the UK extra broadly, he mentioned: “I’d say I give our relationship, by way of grade, the very best degree of particular.
“So we begin off with particular, I’d give our relationship with the UK – and now particularly after this two days together with your prime minister – I’d say the very best degree of particular.
“Am I allowed to go greater than that, I’m unsure. But it surely’s the very best degree of particular. They’re very particular folks, it’s a really particular nation.”
The president and first girl Melania Trump, was later welcomed by the Queen within the quadrangle of Windsor Fortress.
Mr Trump didn’t bow as he shook palms briefly with the Queen, and Ms Trump didn’t curtsy, after which the monarch shared a couple of phrases with them and indicated they need to stand both facet of her for the Coldstream Guards band rendition of the American nationwide anthem.