Trump trashes May's Brexit plans and hails Boris Johnson as future PM

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Donald Trump has warned Theresa May her Brexit plan could "kill" any UK-US trade deal because Britain would remain so closely aligned to the European Union.

Soon after she published her controversial Brexit White Paper which has divided MPs within her own Conservative Party, May sought to win over the United States president after the Britain exits from the European Union in 2019. Its key provision is a "customs arrangement" with the EU that would see the United Kingdom remain largely within the bloc's customs union.

Trump says May's former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, would make an "excellent" prime minister, speaking just days after Johnson resigned his position in protest of May's Brexit plans.

"I'm confident it will happen, and the trade between our two countries is so important that it will be in our mutual interests to have a trade deal between the U.S. and the UK".

The comments, following on from the morning press conference, will be a cause of great concern for Mrs May.

Trump also said that if May's Brexit plans included sticking to European Union rules it could prevent a US-UK trade deal.

"Once we have our agreement with the European Union in place, I'm confident that there will be the latitude and the ability to do a significant trade deal with the United States".

May's plan "will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way".

"Now, as we prepare to leave the European Union, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more".

His comments are a departure from his remarks earlier in the day when he insisted, "I think they like me a lot in the U.K" although he still insisted even after his Baby blimp lament that real Brits "love the President".

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Soon after Trump arrived at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for a gala black tie dinner on Thursday night, The Sun newspaper published an interview with the U.S. President that is likely to embarrass his host.

He also said he told May "how to do it", but that she "didn't listen" and "wanted to go a different route". "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme.

According to recent surveys by non-partisan British polling organization YouGov, only 11 percent of Britons said they thought Mr. Trump was a "great" or "good president".

John Rees of the Stop the War group said in reference to Trump: "He's a wrecking ball for race relations, he's a wrecking ball for prosperity, he's a wrecking ball for women's rights, he's a wrecking ball for any peace and justice in this world and we have to stop him". Their first interaction after the publication of the interview.

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"We urge that the Scottish government rules out any use of Prestwick by the president or his entourage, and so send the most powerful message possible that Donald Trump is not welcome in Scotland".

Some carried placards saying Special Relationship? "With a lot of resignations", Trump told a news conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Leaders of the financial services, travel, creative, food, engineering, technology, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and defence sectors were among around 100 guests at Blenheim who dined on Scottish salmon, English Hereford beef fillet and strawberries with clotted cream ice-cream.

But trip planners may go out of their way to shield Trump from viewing another aspect of the greeting: an oversized balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper that will be flown from London's Parliament Square during what are expected to be massive gatherings of protesters opposed to Trump's presence.

On Friday, Trump will bypass the mass protests in London as he heads to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst with May for a military display, before talks at her country residence, Chequers.

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