Thousands take to London's streets to protest at Trump visit

Trump told the newspaper he had advised May on how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me".

"I think they like me a lot in the UK", Mr Trump had said in Brussels.

"I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important".

He threatened to "kill" any trade deal with the United Kingdom if the PM continued with her plan for a soft Brexit, according to an exclusive interview with the Sun.

In his interview, published while May hosted a dinner for him at Blenheim Palace, Trump said the prime minister's painstakingly constructed Brexit plan would "kill" Britain's chances of a U.S. trade deal, the same warning made by her party's most ardent Brexiters.

The Next Revolution host Steve Hilton on President Trump's comments on British PM Theresa May's handling of Brexit and the protests of Trump in London. "The U.S. has always stood by our side as a beacon for tolerance, openness and respect", he said in a statement on Thursday. "I think he is a great representative for your country", Trump told the newspaper.

However, he doubled down on his comments about Johnson, before adding that "this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the demonstrations are not anti-American but rather reflect opposition to "the politics of fear and despair".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan defended his decision to give permission for the blimp to be flown, saying it was not for him to be a censor or to decide what is in good or bad taste.

Ahead of the U.S. leader's visit, Khan gave permission for a 20-foot-tall "Trump Baby" blimp to be flown above Parliament Square which Trump said made him feel "unwelcome" in London.

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the terrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", Trump said of Khan.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her plan to keep close economic ties with the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc next March was "principled and pragmatic". Hundreds of protesters descended on the castle to voice their opposition to the president's visit.

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump told a press conference.

Britain "is in somewhat turmoil", Trump said before departing Washington, remarking that dealing with Putin might surprisingly be the easiest part of the European trip.

"They all showed up on the 9th hole, overlooking the ocean, and I said what's going on, and all they wanted to talk about was Brexit". He then reminded the press that his mother was from Scotland.

Britons are narrowly in favour of US President Donald Trump airing his views on Brexit, a Sky Data poll suggests.

Plans for Trump's two-day visit largely avoid London, where he spent just a few hours overnight at the American ambassador's residence in central Regent's Park.

  • Stacy Allen