US President Donald Trump blasted British Prime Minister Theresa May, said her recently resigned foreign minister would make a great replacement and criticized the mayor of London as being "bad on terror", in comments published as he made his first trip to the UK Thursday. In the interview with the Sun, Trump - who has been a long-time supporter of Brexit - said May had not listened to his advice on how to do a Brexit deal, saying: "I would have done it much differently".
Trump praised former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and said he would make a "great Prime Minister", adding "I think he's got what it takes".
Opponents of Donald Trump flew a six-meter blimp depicting the US president as an orange, snarling nappy-wearing baby just outside the British parliament on Friday.
Many thousands of Britons are expected to protest against Mr Trump in London and other cities. I get along with her very nicely.
"No, if they do that I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States. I don't know (if) that is what they voted for", he added.
Trump has long spoken of his desire to meet the monarch, but for this queen, such encounters with US presidents are old hat, having met 10 American leaders since her coronation in 1952. I haven't been there in a long time. And he seems to do very well - I was just with him tonight, and I saw him with the Prime Minister sitting there.
"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", Trump said of Khan.
President Trump denied criticizing British Prime Minister Theresa May when taking questions from the press Friday, despite there being easily accessible audio of his scathing interview with British tabloid The Sun.
May and Trump are scheduled to hold talks and a joint news conference on Friday.
Two ministers broke cover to make their displeasure at Mr Trump's comments known. That means he will not be in the city when the Angry Baby Trump Blimp flies above Parliament Square for two hours on Friday, July 13. I think they agree with me on immigration.
The British government on Thursday published its long-awaited Brexit blueprint aimed at restarting stalled talks with the European Union, only for it to be panned by eurosceptics, the City of London and the U.S. president.
After the press conference, Trump flew to Windsor Castle for tea with the Queen.
Protesters against Trump's visit gather near an entrance to the United States ambassador's residence in Regent's Park in London on Thursday. "He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K".
Speaking with The Sun newspaper after arriving in the country yesterday, Trump described Johnson as "a very talented guy" for whom he had "a lot of respect".