Trump confidant says President had 'love fest' with May despite critical interview

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US President Donald Trump has arrived in "hot spot" Britain after casting doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for leaving the European Union and with protests planned across a country where he says people "like him a lot".

A giant "Human Rights Nightmare" banner is unfurled by Amnesty International activists across the river Thames on Vauxhall Bridge to protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018.

In sharp contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.

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After arriving by helicopter, Trump stood alongside May on a red carpet on the steps of Blenheim Palace while a military band of British army guardsmen, wearing tall black bearskin hats and red jackets, performed for the two leaders and their spouses.

Critics of Brexit argue that Britain's hand has been so weakened by the imminent departure from the world's biggest trading block that May has no option but to temper any criticism of Trump so as not to jeopardise any future UK-U.S. trade deal.

"I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", Trump told the tabloid. She wanted to go a different route. That will be up to her to say.

Euroskeptics and Leave voters appear to remain adamantly opposed to May's plan, meaning that legislative turmoil is sure to erupt with or without the aid of the American president and his brand of populist politics.

It hopes the European Union will back the proposals so an exit deal can be struck by the autumn, ahead of the UK's official departure from the European Union in March next year.

Mr Johnson launched a scathing attack on the PM's strategy, saying the "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt". Trump has previously described the high-tech embassy as a "bad deal." I believe that the people in the United Kingdom ... like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration.

But, he added: "Whether he sees it, whether he reacts to it, we don't really care".

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His visit comes as the government published its plans for the UK's relations with the European Union after Brexit.

10 Downing Street said she would be meeting with schoolchildren and veterans on Friday, accompanied by Philip May, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's husband.

Trump also said that Boris Johnson, who had resigned as foreign secretary on Monday in protest of May's recent announcement of a plan for Brexit, was "a very talented guy" who "would be a great prime minister".

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.

"It's also an opportunity to tear down the bureaucratic barriers that frustrate business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic".

"And it's an opportunity to shape the future of the world through co-operation in advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence".

Trump suggested that he'd prefer the matter was dealt with expediently, though he offered the caveat that ultimately, Brexit was not under his purview as leader of the American people, not the British, advising them that they had problems of their own to contend with, primarily regarding immigration policy.

Only one person, the digital entrepreneur and philanthropist Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, has publicly refused the invitation.

The menu for the dinner at Blenheim Palace includes Scottish salmon, English Hereford beef filet and vegetables, and strawberries and clotted cream ice cream.

On Friday, May and Trump will watch a joint counter-terrorism exercise by British and United States special forces at a military base.

On Friday, Trump will bypass the mass protests in London as he heads to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst with May for a military display, before talks at her country residence, Chequers. Extra security was put in place ahead of a number of planned protests, the BBC reported.

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