What President Trump said about May, Brexit, and 'England'

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Trump accused the British political leader of "killing" chances of a USA trade deal by ignoring his advice on Brexit and taking her own, "softer" approach.

He and his wife Melania met British Prime Minister Theresa May for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace in London. Late past year, May criticized him for retweeting a message by a member of a British far-right group, and the speaker of Britain's parliament has said Trump would not be welcome to address it.

The Trumps landed in Air Force One at Stansted Airport at lunchtime on Thursday to kick-start a four-day working visit to Britain as protests against his trip began.

The long-awaited document proposes keeping Britain and the European Union in a free market for goods, with a more distant relationship for services.

The plan has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think it would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world.

It comes just days after the president declined to say whether Mrs May should remain in post, declared he had "always liked" Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over the Chequers agreement, and described the United Kingdom as being in "turmoil".

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.

The president is expected to avoid areas where major demonstrations are planned in protest at his visit.

The British government has published its highly anticipated Brexit white paper, which lays out its proposal for what a split with the European Union could look like.

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump said.

He also told the tabloid that he had shared advice with May during Britain's negotiations with the European Union, but said May ignored his advice.

I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point.

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He added that former foreign secretary Boris Johnson would make a "great prime minister", saying "I think he's got what it takes".

He said: "Actually, despite all the political movement and challenges in Westminster, I think this has been a good week for Brexit".

After the story was published, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the president "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much", adding that he said in the interview she "is a very good person", and that he "never said anything bad about her".

Donald Trump delivered a snub to his host Theresa May, who hours before had laid on a prestigious dinner for the U.S. president at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London". I haven't been there in a long time.

They stayed there for several hours before travelling to the 18th Century palace near Woodstock for the evening's events.

Outside the mansion, near Oxford to the northwest of London, a couple of thousand demonstrators lined the road and booed Trump's arrival.

"He is destroying all the norms of what used to be a great democracy in America and so I'm really concerned about my country and I'm here now and so this is where I have the chance to protest him".

But for many British diplomats, Brexit marks the collapse of a 70-year British strategy of trying to balance European integration with a USA alliance based on blood, trade and intelligence sharing.

'I don't think we should go through the white paper and try to undermine it and find inconsistencies in it'.

"I'm not pitting one against the other", Trump said.

"Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame", he said. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the frightful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in".

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