May Day: Trump blasts British prime minister ahead of meeting

May Day: Trump blasts British prime minister ahead of meeting

May Day: Trump blasts British prime minister ahead of meeting

Looking ahead to his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday, Trump said he would be discussing many topics but his biggest hope was an agreement to substantially reduce nuclear proliferation - his ultimate dream was to get rid of the weapons altogether, he said.

Trump and his wife, Melania, met British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip for a formal dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday.

In his press conference, Trump even seemed to acknowledge that there was no new commitment, though he said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members might spend "at a much faster clip" than before: "We will go to much higher than 2 percent into the future, but right now we're getting people up to 2 percent".

Trump also singled out Germany and its chancellor Angela Merkel for criticism, a day after saying Berlin had become a "captive of Russia" because of a gas pipeline deal and should be paying more for defense. Trump said: "The relationship between our two nations is indispensable to the cause of liberty, justice, and peace".

"The message we came here to give today is that Trump is not welcome in Britain", said shopkeeper Grish Gregoran, 58, who took the day off to attend. Central to plans for a post-Brexit Britain is a free trade deal with the U.S. "I was very surprised and saddened that he was getting out of government".

"I think it's a travesty of British values".

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More recently ties have been strained by a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and suspected collusion with the Trump campaign, as well as by the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

During the press conference, Mr Trump - who regularly accuses the USA media of "fake news" over its coverage of him - also clashed with a reporter from the American NBC network, describing it as "possibly worse than CNN".

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

Trump has insisted the US-UK relationship is "the highest level of special".

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"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said at an impromptu press conference, adding, "Now we are very happy".

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Trump said the interview omitted his praise of May, and that his staff had taped the interview: "It's called fake news and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument".

But after talks with Mrs May he claimed "tremendous things" he said about her had been left out of the Sun story.

Ms May also thanked the US President for his support over Russia, which Britain has blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in south-west England in March.

"If he actually says these things standing next to her [at the press conference], then basically she's toast in terms of the plans that she now has", he said, adding that May is already under "enormous pressure" from her partymates, who are against her deal with the EU.

Trump, as he has before, criticized London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, as having "done a very bad job on terrorism".

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