Donald Trump backtracks over Brexit criticism, calling Sun interview ‘fake news’ – live
News | 13.07.2018
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The BBC’s North America editor Jon Sopel has joined others in pointing out that what Donald Trump said about how he correctly predicted the EU referendum result accurately at Turnberry in advance (see 2.36pm) was not true.
Bizarre. @realDonaldTrump says he came to Turnberry the day before Brexit and he told everyone that he thought Brexit would happen. And that he predicted correctly what would happen the next day. Umm. Not true. He came the day after Brexit. I was there. June 24 pic.twitter.com/bVRxpMJTKY
Downing Street has just sent out this note about the gifts from Number 10 to the Trumps.
Gift from the prime minister to the president:
An illustrated ancestral chart of the Scottish heritage of President Trump through his mother, Mary Anne Macleod. She was born in 1912 on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides. The chart traces her family on both sides back three generations through official records and old parish registers. The family line goes back on the paternal side to the birth of President Trump’s great, great, great grandfather, Kenneth Macleod, born near Stornoway in 1776 – the year of the US declaration of independence.