Donald Trump says Britain is in ‘turmoil’ ahead of his visit this week

Theresa May has insisted she is ‘looking forward’ to Donald Trump’s visit to the UK – despite his controversial comments this week. The US president said that Britain is in ‘turmoil’ following key Government resignations this week. He also claimed he would find it easier to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin than the British prime minister. Theresa May “looking forward” to speaking with Donald Trump

Although Mr Trump said he gets along with Mrs May ‘very well’, he said he may make time to meet with Boris Johnson, who resigned as foreign secretary on Monday. Mr Trump also risked upsetting Mrs May by saying it was ‘up to the people’ whether she remains as prime minister following a turbulent week. The prime minister said: ‘I’m looking forward to seeing President Trump not only at the Nato summit coming up in the next couple of days but also obviously when he comes to the United Kingdom at the end of the week. ‘There’s much for us to discuss. As you know, the special relationship we have to the United States is our longest and deepest defence and security relationship, so we will be talking about those issues but also talking about trade issues. ‘There are particular issues between the EU and the United States because of the trade tariff issue at the moment, when he imposed those tariffs on steel and aluminium and the EU responded.

‘We will be talking positively about how we can continue to work together in our special relationship for the good of people living in the UK and the United States and, actually, for the wider good. ‘That is what our relationship has helped to underpin – the security of Europe and more widely.’Mr Trump will also take in a Nato summit on his latest venture to Europe. He answered questions on the White House lawn as he and wife Melania prepared to board the presidential helicopter. Asked about Mrs May’s future, Mr Trump said: ‘Well that’s up to the people. I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship. That’s certainly up to the people, not up to me.’ He added: ‘Boris Johnson is a friend of mine. He’s been very, very nice to me, very supportive. Maybe I’ll speak to him when I get over there. ‘I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him.’

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