The Times: I don’t know if Britons voted for this Brexit, says Donald Trump13 July 2018 | 02:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Air Force One touched down an hour late at Stansted airport from the Nato summit in Brussels after Mr Trump gave an unplanned press conference at which he voiced scepticism about Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal.
“I would say Brexit is Brexit,” Mr Trump said. “The people voted to break it up so I imagine that is what they would do, but maybe they’re taking a different route. I’m not sure that’s what they voted for.”
Mr Trump joked that Britain was “a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations”. Asked how he felt about the tens of thousands of protesters awaiting him in Britain, he insisted: “I think they like me a lot in the UK. I think they agree with me on immigration.”
He added: “I think that’s why Brexit happened. I told them today the EU better be very careful because immigration is taking over Europe and they’d better be very, very careful.”
According to a new YouGov poll this week, 77 per cent of Britons have an unfavourable view of Mr Trump, with 63 per cent saying he was racist and 73 per cent calling him sexist.
Mr Trump was greeted at the airport by the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, a sign of the priority Mrs May is giving to talks over a trade deal. The president swiftly boarded a helicopter to the US ambassador’s residence, Winfield House in Regent’s Park, London. Protesters are planning to spend the night outside, blasting the building with the amplified cries of migrant children separated from their parents, just one of a string of protests planned for his visit.
Mr Trump will see little of the protesters as there are no plans for him to travel by public road. He will go by helicopter to Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill’s birthplace, tonight for a black tie dinner with business leaders, hosted by the prime minister.
He will also use the Marine One helicopter to travel tomorrow to Chequers for his meeting with Mrs May as well as to Windsor Castle to take tea with the Queen. He travels to Scotland for a private visit later tomorrow where he will also prepare for his summit in Helsinki with President Putin of Russia.
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