Donald Trump's Brexit advice to Theresa May

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The outspoken US president, on an official visit to the UK, warned Theresa May that her Brexit plan could "kill" any UK-US trade deal because Britain would remain so closely aligned to the European Union.

He told The Sun Mrs May's plan would affect trade "unfortunately in a negative way". They can not actually agree to anything until they leave the European Union. "But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?"

Trump also used the interview to launch an attack on Theresa May's plans for Brexit which were unveiled in full yesterday and indicate a willingness on the UK's part to keep customs borders open with the EU.

Mr Trump arrived at the prime minister's Buckinghamshire residence by helicopter after visiting the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, Berkshire, on Friday morning.

During the meeting and press conference at Chequers, tens of thousands of anti-Trump protesters packed Regent Street in London on their way to Trafalgar Square under fierce sunshine, carrying banners criticising the US President's personality and politics.

Mr Trump said he thought Mr Johnson would make a "great Prime Minister" and that he was "saddened" the former foreign secretary was out of the government.

US first lady Melania Trump, President Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May watch a live military performance ahead of a dinner in Oxfordshire, U.K., on Thursday.

He added: "I would have done it much differently". He's saying he wanted to apologize to her because he actually said such nice things about her.

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This is not to say Trump owes May an apology for criticizing her in the British press and praising her rival Boris Johnson.

"I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy", he said. "But it is too bad what is going on". I like a lot of people in the United Kingdom. "I'm very strong on immigration". "I think it's fine".

Asked if he could become prime minister, he added: "Well I am not pitting one against the other".

"I read reports where that won't be possible, but I believe after speaking with the prime minister's people and representatives and trade experts it will absolutely be possible".

"I think he's got what it takes".

"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". "If the strategy at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was to shore up more spending in some ways, the president didn't want to take the win that he had because actually North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been increasing spending on their own defense, which they haven't yet hit the deadline for in 2024".

In the interview, Trump was especially critical of May's handing of the UK's upcoming exit from the European Union. "I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was, and I don't mean that in a positive way".

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