Trump says immigration into Europe has 'changed the fabric' of the continent

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Security and trade will loom large during Presid

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Security and trade will loom large during Presid

Donald Trump apologised to Theresa May for a newspaper interview in which he criticised her handling of the negotiations to leave Europe, using a press conference to lavish praise on the British leader as tough and determined.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way", Trump said.

May says the United Kingdom has a "proud history" of welcoming people to its country, and immigration has been "good" for the U.K.

"On immigration, we have always said that people from all over the world have come here and made this country what it is and we welcome their contribution", she said.

Trump has long pointed to Europe's immigration policy as a cautionary tale for the U.S. He has lamented that immigrants have poured into European countries and changed the culture of each nation.

Trump said he believes that the U.K.'s Brexit vote in 2016 was in part a response to lax European immigration laws, and he has frequently tried to use Europe as a cautionary tale for the USA, where he is seeking to implement more hawkish migration policies. You take a look at what's happening in different countries that never had difficulty, never had problems.

Asked about Monday's meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump said a poor relationship with Moscow was one of the "very bad hands" he had been left by President Barack Obama.

He added: "All I think he's trying to do is stand up for American culture, as I think the British government should be standing up for British culture, and I think having national cultures in each country is important".

Trump also blasted Angela Merkel for her role in inviting millions of migrants to Europe at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015, and for the spike in migrant-committed crime that followed.

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"I think they [the European Union] better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things - you're changing security".

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the awful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", he went on. Mr Trump and his wife Melania then flew by helicopter to Windsor Castle when the president reviewed an honour guard from the Coldstream Guards before taking afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth.

Mr Khan called on Mr Trump to explain why he keeps singling out him out for criticism.

He went on to say: "They have vastly different cultures than ours".

"The U.S.is a country of immigrants", she added. "Are you really okay with this open white supremacy, @GOP?" Rep.

Trump's comments while overseas highlight his hardline immigration rhetoric that he often uses on the campaign trail, often linking it to increased crime, citing the gang MS-13.

His comments also came amid the Trump administration scrambling to reunite migrant children with their parents after illegal border crossings and a nationwide scandal over the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

Trump also brought a similar immigration message to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. "We agreed today, that as the UK leaves the European Union, we will pursue an ambitious US-UK Free Trade Agreement. And I said that loud and clear".

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