Trump says he feels 'unwelcomed' in London, blasts mayor Sadiq Khan

Donald Trump with Theresa May

Donald Trump with Theresa May

In a wide-ranging news conference alongside May, which followed a meeting at the prime minister's country estate, Chequers, Trump also said that immigration had been "very bad for Europe" and is changing the culture there.

"Very bad stuff", she wrote.Trump shocked British media and many in the US when he openly attacked May's plan for Brexit during his Thursday interview with The Sun, before going further to lament that "millions" of immigrants were forever altering Europe's cultural makeup."I would have done it much differently", Trump said of May's Brexit plan.

The president said the former foreign secretary would make a "great prime minister", adding "I think he's got what it takes".

Ms May and Mr Trump both spoke of the importance of the "special relationship" between their two countries, something that Brexit supporters hope will reap benefits when Britain leaves the European Union, allowing it to forge closer trade ties with the world's biggest economy.

The newspaper interview dropped on the same night May honored him at a black-tie dinner at Winston Churchill's ancestral home.

Among other issues discussed were Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin (with whom Trump will meet at a summit next week), immigration, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Brexit.

The president slammed Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, a city that has been the target of several terrorist attacks in recent years: "I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you'd like".

Trump also told The Sun that May had ignored his advice on Brexit, telling the paper that "I would have done it much differently".

Downing Street has not yet reacted to Trump's remarks, the BBC reported.

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First Lady Melania Trump (centre) joined the prime minister's husband Philip May (second right), on a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, and took questions from school children.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said Mr Trump was "determined to insult" Mrs May.

Trump, who meets with Putin in Helsinki next week, said he would raise Russia's interference in the 2016 elections but added "I don't think you'll have any "Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me" " response from the Russian Federation leader.

He also said Boris Johnson would make a "great prime minister". "I'm not going to rise to President Trump's views".

"I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way".

He apologised to the PM for the story and said the newspaper left out the good things he had said about her, adding "it's called fake news".

"We agreed today that as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union we will pursue an ambitious U.S. -UK free trade agreement", she said.

Trump's comments in the interview are an extraordinary criticism of a foreign leader during a trip to that leader's country. He's a very people person. A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 per cent had an unfavourable opinion of the president and just 50 per cent thought his visit should go ahead. You're going to have, I think, many other cases where they want to take their borders back, their monetary (policy) back, take a lot of things back.

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