May and Trump will have positive trade discussion: United Kingdom finance minister Hammond

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And asked to rate the strength of the Special Relationship, Mr Trump replied: "I give our relationship with the United Kingdom, in terms of a grade, the highest level of special".

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he looked forward to finalising a trade deal with Britain, backtracking an interview in which he criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans by saying her proposal would kill such an agreement.

Gyimah said on Twitter the day after British tabloid The Sun published an interview in which the president criticizes May for her "soft" Brexit plan, among other critical comments.

"I think she found it maybe too brutal", Trump said of the suggestions he made to May regarding Brexit.

"It was from right here at Chequers that Prime Minister Churchill phoned President Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor", Trump said, referencing the surprise attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, that plunged the USA into World War II.


Trump made his first trip to the U.K.as president after a tense summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels and only days after fresh ruptures in May's government over Britain's exit from the European Union.

He went on to say that London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who authorised protesters to raise a giant balloon showing a nappy-wearing Mr Trump next to the British parliament on Friday, was doing a "terrible job" in fighting crime.

"I think she's a terrific woman".

Some carried placards saying Special Relationship?

"It's called fake news", Mr Trump declared.


"I didn't criticise the (British) Prime Minister". "Whatever you do is OK with me", Trump told the press conference. "She's a total professional because when I saw her this morning, I said: "I want to apologise, because I said such good things about you". I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me.

Trump followed a similar pattern at this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit by slamming US allies at the outset but ultimately claiming North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was stronger than it was before.

"It will certainly be something that we bring up and talk about", the USA president said. "She said: "Don't worry, it's only the press".

"They didn't put it in the headline, I wish they put that in the headline, that's one of those things". And he marveled during the joint appearance at Chequers, the 16th century country residence used by British prime ministers since the 1920s.

The Queen, the President and first lady Melania Trump all shook hands.


Late past year, May herself criticised 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.

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