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United Kingdom makes concrete European Union trade-relations proposals anticipating Brexit

14 July 2018

Donald Trump landed in the United Kingdom yesterday - his first time in the country as US President. Although he will visit the United States ambassador's residence, he is largely avoiding central London, where the largest protests are expected Friday.

A mass demonstration called "Together Against Trump" by left-wing campaign groups is organised for Friday, with a giant balloon of Trump depicted as a crying baby in a nappy set to fly next to the British parliament.

"Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place", Trump said.

But on Tuesday, as the first couple crossed the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One, Trump held Melania's hand firmly.

A Scottish Government spokesman said of the visit: 'President Trump is coming to the UK at the invitation of the UK Government and the Secretary of State for Scotland will greet him on arrival.

Their meeting lasted almost an hour and was the final engagement in Mr Trump's two-day working visit to the UK.

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Trump, a golf enthusiast who owns numerous courses around the world, has reportedly played more than 100 rounds since he took office in January 2017, costing taxpayers an estimated $69 million.

Nicola Sturgeon has been branded "shallow" by US President Donald Trump's son as he landed in Scotland for his father's first official visit.

During the interview with The Sun ahead of his visit to the UK, Trump said May ignored his advice by taking a soft stance on trade with the European Union as the UK exits and said that decision would "kill" any chance of an effective trade deal with the U.S.

Fresh from sending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation into crisis talks and ahead of a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, Trump shocked Britain's political establishment when he criticized May's plans for ties with the European Union after Britain leaves in March.

He said he had apologised to Mrs May for the report and praised her professionalism in her response.

Mr Trump branded the Aberdeen bay windfarm his father had fought so hard to stop "irrelevant", but added that he was sceptical that it would still be standing in a decade.

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"I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", Trump added.

Earlier, Mr Trump said he and Mrs May had spoken for an hour-and-a-half at the black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, which he attended with his wife Melania. "She's a total professional because when I saw her this morning, I said: "I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you".

Addressing a joint press conference at the end of their bilateral talks at the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, Trump said, "She's a total professional". She met Chelsea Pensioners and local children.

In that interview, President Trump said he thinks Boris Johnson, the Brexit booster who resigned as May's foreign minister this week, would make a great prime minister.

"Unfortunately, there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn't put in what I said about the Prime Minister and I said a tremendous thing", he said.

Prime Minister May said they had discussed plans for an "ambitious" trade agreement.

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United Kingdom makes concrete European Union trade-relations proposals anticipating Brexit