Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump during a visit to 10 Downing Street. Picture: Henry Nicholls/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump during a visit to 10 Downing Street. Picture: Henry Nicholls/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Trump receives surprise London visit

US President Donald Trump has received a visit from Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and taken another swipe at London Mayor Sadiq Khan on the second day of his state visit to the UK.

Mr Farage was spotted driving into Winfield House to meet privately with Mr Trump after his press conference with Theresa May in which the president also dismissed protests against him as "fake news".

Trump said Khan had "not been a very good mayor" and "crime is up" in the city.

"I don't think he should be criticising a representative of the United States who has done so much good in the world," he said.

"He should be positive. He's a negative force, not a positive force. He hurts the people of this great country … He should focus on his job."

Trump also dismissed the thousands of protesters outside the venue waving a baby blimp and effigy of Trump sitting on the toilet as "fake news" saying there was "great love" for him in the UK.

 

A man holds a banner depicting President Donald Trump kissing Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage during a protest against the state visit. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunham.
A man holds a banner depicting President Donald Trump kissing Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage during a protest against the state visit. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunham.

 

Finally. Trump makes a point of shaking Theresa May’s hand after being criticised for not doing so earlier in the day. Picture: Stefan Rousseau — WPA Pool /Getty Images.
Finally. Trump makes a point of shaking Theresa May’s hand after being criticised for not doing so earlier in the day. Picture: Stefan Rousseau — WPA Pool /Getty Images.

The President shut down Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who boycotted the state banquet and spoke at a protest denouncing Trump, saying Corbyn wanted to meet but he refused.

With his children Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric and Don Jr in the audience, the President began to warm to his theme and held forth on Brexit, the UK leadership race, the Queen and NHS in comments that made outgoing Prime Minister visibly uncomfortable.

Trump said he "really predicted what was going to happen" on Brexit and said the UK should still leave the EU despite growing calls for a second referendum.

He promised a "phenomenal" trade deal with the US that would include the NHS being "on the table" in comments that Mrs May hastened to clarify amid fears a free trade deal could be a route to American-style privatizatoin of Britain's health service.

As for what would happen next on the deadlocked Brexit negotiations, Trump lavished high praise on May.

"I believe the PM has brought it to a very good point where something will take place in the not too distant future. She's done a good job."

"I would have sued and settled maybe. You never know. She's probably a better negotiator than I am," he grinned.

On the leadership race to succeed May currently playing out, Trump said Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt would do a "good job" but he "didn't know" another leadership candidate Michael Gove, despite being pictured with him before.

Trump also made a point of shaking May's hand dollowing commentary he had failed to do so earlier in the day.

Mr Trump did not hold back on Brexit, protests and the Conservative leadership contest. Picture: Stefan Rousseau — WPA Pool /Getty Images.
Mr Trump did not hold back on Brexit, protests and the Conservative leadership contest. Picture: Stefan Rousseau — WPA Pool /Getty Images.

The conference was watched by the US delegation including Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson, US National Security Adviser John Bolton and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Trump's three children, Tiffany, Eric and Don Jr also watched from the front row, while protesters chanted and waved homemade placards outside.

Earlier, Trump told May she should "stick around" to see a trade deal with the US.

"It's been an honour to work with you," he said. "I don't know what your timetable is, but … stick around, let's do this deal."

Ivanka Trump and John Bolton leave Downing Street after talks with British leaders. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.
Ivanka Trump and John Bolton leave Downing Street after talks with British leaders. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

Trump's visit has made waves in the UK after he slated London Mayor Sadiq Khan minutes before touching down in London. He also made an undiplomatic foray into British politics by declaring Conservative MP Boris Johnson would make an "excellent" prime minister and the government should send in Nigel Farage as a Brexit negotiator.

Mrs May is due to step down as leader on Friday after failure to conduct successful Brexit negotiations.

 

 

 

The Queen made a toast to the people of the US on Monday evening. Picture: Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images.
The Queen made a toast to the people of the US on Monday evening. Picture: Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images.

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