Donald Trump at Windsor to meet the Queen after calling Sun interview ‘fake news’ – live
News | 13.07.2018
President’s first official visit to UK off to shaky start after president said Theresa May’s Brexit plan would ‘kill’ trade deal with US
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- Trump/May press conference — Summary
Here is a summary of the main points from the Trump/May press conference. I’ve taken the quotes from the White House transcript.
We agreed today, that as the UK leaves the European Union, we will pursue an ambitious US-UK free trade agreement. The Chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to agree an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies.
There will be no limit to the possibility of us doing trade deals around the world once we leave the EU.
The only thing I ask of Theresa is we make sure that we can trade [after Brexit] and don’t have any restrictions. We want the UK to trade with us. We have a tremendous opportunity to double, triple or quadruple trade. If they’re going to go a certain route, I just said I hope they will be able to trade with the US. I read reports that said that would not be possible, but after speaking with the PM and her representatives, it seems that will be possible. We want to be able to trade and they want to be able to trade.
I think it’s been bad for Europe. I know Europe very well and it’s been tough. We’ve seen some terror attacks. I just think it’s changing the culture and is very negative for Europe and Germany — I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel, but it’s hurt Germany and other parts of Europe. It’s not politically-correct to say that, but I’ll say it and say it loud. Look at what’s happening to different countries that never had problems — it’s a very sad situation. It’s not good for Europe and it’s not good for our country.
We have very bad immigration laws. We’re doing incredibly well considering we virtually don’t have immigration laws — I don’t even call them laws, you just walk across the border and then you’re tied in a lawsuit for five years.
The UK has a proud history of welcoming people who flee persecution or want to contribute to our economy and society. Over the years, immigration has been good for the UK. What is important is we have control of our borders and a set of rules to determine who comes into our country.
As far as advice goes, I gave her a suggestion and I think maybe she found it too brutal. I gave her a suggestion, not advice. I can fully understand why she thought it might be tough — if they don’t get the right deal, she may choose to do what I suggested.
I said [in the Sun interview] that this incredible woman here is doing a fantastic job, a great job, and I mean that. I have gotten to know Theresa May much better over the last two days than the last year-and-a-half. I think she is a terrific woman and doing a terrific job …
She will do very well. She is a tough negotiator and a very smart and determined person. I would much rather have her as my friend than enemy.
A story was done that was generally fine but didn’t put in the tremendous things I say about the PM. We have recordings when we deal with reporters. It’s called fake news.
I said very good things [in the interview] about Theresa May. I don’t think they put it in, but that’s all right. I said to Theresa May I wanted to apologise, but she said ‘Don’t worry, it’s only the press’.
We agreed that it is important to engage Russia from a position of strength and unity …
It is all of our responsibility to ensure that transatlantic unity endures. For it has been fundamental to the protection and projection of our interests and values for generations.
What is important is that the president goes into this [his meeting with Vladimir Putin] from a position of strength, as he is doing, as well as a position of unity in Nato.
The EU treats the US horribly, and that’s going to change. They have barriers beyond belief.
When you look at what we’ve done in terms of Russia, I bet they’re saying ‘I wish Trump wasn’t the victor in that election’. We have been extremely tough on Russia, including when the PM called after a horrible thing happened here. She asked if I’d do something and we expelled 60 people — Germany did three. The fake news doesn’t want to talk about it. We have been very strong on Russia.