President Trump in the UK
President Trump was asked about his remarks to The Sun, where he said recently departed foreign secretary Boris Johnson would be a great prime minister.
He again said the White House would release a tape of the interview, claiming the remark was "unrelated."
"We taped the entire interview. They asked about Boris Johnson. How would he be as a prime minister? I said he'll be a great prime minister. He's been very nice to me. He's been saying very good things about me as president."
"I think he thinks I'm doing a great job. I am doing a great job, that I can tell you, just in case you haven't noticed," Trump added. "But Boris Johnson would be a great prime minister."
On May, he then added, "I also said that this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job. And I mean that."
Hours after his wide-ranging interview with The Sun newspaper, in which he said he felt the UK was “losing its culture” because of immigration, Trump doubled down, telling a reporter, "It's been very bad for Europe."
"I think Europe is a place I know very well, and I think that what has happened is very tough. It's a very tough situation. I mean, you see the same terror attacks that I do. We see them a lot," Trump said.
"I just think it's changing the culture. I think it's very negative thing for Europe. I think it's very negative."
President Trump again said he will ask Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russian election meddling. The two leaders have a summit on Monday.
"I know you'll ask, 'Will we be talking about meddling?'" Trump said to a reporter. "And I will absolutely bring that up."
He said Putin likely will not admit to meddling.
"I don’t think you’ll have any 'Gee I did it, I did it, you got me,'" Trump said while raising his hands. "There won’t be a Perry Mason here — I don’t think. But you never know what happens, but I will absolutely firmly ask the question, and hopefully we’ll have a very good relationship with Russia."
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President Trump hit back against an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sun in which he said British Prime Minister Theresa May had ignored his advice on Brexit.
"I didn't criticize the prime minister," Trump said. "I have a lot of respect for the prime minister. And unfortunately, there was a story that was done, which was, you know, generally fine. But it didn't put in what I said about the prime minister. And I said tremendous things."
Trump added that he had a recording of the interview and it would support his argument.
"Fortunately, we tend to record stories now, so we have it for your enjoyment if you like it. But we record when we deal with reporters. It's called fake news."
In the same interview with the Sun, Trump praised former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson -- who has just walked out of her Cabinet over the issue -- and said May's cherished hope of a free trade deal with the US would be killed off by her softened approach.
President Trump just told British Prime Minister Theresa May that whatever she decided to do with regards to Brexit "is OK with us" — as long as the US and UK can continue to trade together.
"Once the Brexit process is concluded, and perhaps the UK has left the EU — I don't know what they're going to do, but whatever you do is OK with me. That's your decision. Whatever you're going to do is OK with us. Just make sure we can trade together. That's all that matters."
What Trump said to a British newspaper: The President on Thursday night delivered an astonishing political knifing of the British Prime Minister, comprehensively undermining her fragile position in Britain's tortuous negotiations on leaving the European Union and getting his visit to the country off to the most explosive of starts.
In an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sun, Trump said May had ignored his advice on Brexit, he praised former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson -- who has just walked out of her Cabinet over the issue -- and he said May's cherished hope of a free trade deal with the US would be killed off by her softened approach.
"She didn't listen to me," he told The Sun.
Why it matters: Trump's comments represent a stunning intervention in British domestic politics, especially since they came at the end of a week in which she lost three ministers, including Johnson, who said her approach is a betrayal of a referendum vote to leave the EU.
President Trump, speaking at a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, said NATO allies have agreed to increase their defense spending.
Trump visited the UK after spending two days in Brussels, Belgium for a NATO summit.
"Prime Minister May and I have just come from a very productive NATO summit — that was truly a productive summit, where my top priority was getting other NAO members to pay their full and fair share and the prime minister was right there with me," Trump said. "I want to thank you, prime minister for the United Kingdom’s contribution to our common defense."
Following the NATO summit, several world leaders rejected Trump's assertion that he convinced members to pay more.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday she is seeking an “ambitious trade deal” with the United States.
This comes just hours after the Sun, one of the UK’s most-read newspapers, unveiled a front-page interview with Donald Trump with the headline “May has wrecked Brexit… US deal is off!”