As Donald Trump sat down to dinner with Theresa May, his true feelings about some of Britain’s highest-ranking politicians were emerging, through an interview he gave The Sun newspaper.
Shortly after he told NATO he didn’t think the Brexit deal Mrs May was offering was the one people wanted, he continued to lay into the British prime minister, even backing her former foreign secretary Boris Johnson to be a successor.
What he said about… Theresa May
I think she is a nice person. I get along with her very nicely.
Mr Trump was scathing about the white paper Brexit deal put forward by Mrs May, but nice about her on a personal level.
Claiming he told her exactly how to negotiate the Brexit deal, he said: “She didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me.
“She wanted to go a different route.
“I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way. And that is fine.
“She should negotiate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what is going on.”
He added: “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on.”
But Mr Trump said the prime minister is a “very good person” denying claims he called her a bossy schoolteacher, or said she was boring.
What he said about… Boris Johnson
He would be a great Prime Minister. I think he’s got what it takes.
Mr Trump had a lot to say about his friend Mr Johnson, including expressing his sadness that he decided to quit his role in government over the Brexit plan.
He said: “I like him a lot.
“I have a lot of respect for Boris. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me.
“I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point. I think he is a great representative for your country.
“I am not pitting one against the other. I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he’s got what it takes.”
What he said about… Sadiq Khan
You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London.
Mr Trump has come to blows with the London mayor before, with Mr Khan the subject of many a tweet from the president.
Mr Khan has responded by supporting Londoners’ “right to protest” the visit, and City Hall approved a blimp shaped like the president as a baby, which will fly over parliament this weekend.
On Mr Khan, the president said: “I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.
“I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you’d like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.
“Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism.
“I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in.”
He added that Mr Khan had shown a “lack of respect” for the American government by attacking him.
He continued: “I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important. Now he might not like the current president, but I represent the United States.
“I also represent a lot of people in Europe because a lot of people from Europe are in the United States.”
What he said about… Her Majesty
For so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don’t see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman.
There is one person in Britain that Mr Trump is a fan of – Her Majesty, the Queen.
On Queen Elizabeth, he said: “She is a tremendous woman. I really look forward to meeting her. I think she represents her country so well.
“If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don’t see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman.
“My wife is a tremendous fan of hers. She has got a great and beautiful grace about her.
“My mother loved the Queen. Any time the Queen was on television, my mother wanted to watch it.”
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