President Donald Trump calls on British Prime Minister Theresa May to stay with her so that the US and Britain can sign a trade agreement. The two meet in London. Anti-Trump protesters are also traveling in London. (4th of June)
LONDON – President Donald Trump predicted on Tuesday that Britain would implement its plans to leave the European Union, saying the withdrawal was "very good" for the country.
"I think it's going to happen, and it should probably happen," Trump said at a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
May, who left office on Friday after failing to withdraw from the EU has arranged, believes that this is still the case in the best interests of the country with an agreement to leave the withdrawal. But she said she would not accept Trump's proposal and "stay" for the US and Britain to negotiate a trade agreement as soon as Britain leaves the EU.
"I am a woman of my word", she emphasized that she will resign as planned.
The joint Trump-May press conference took place when Trump's state visit to Britain shifted the course of pomp and pomp on to talks on a range of political issues from the climate to Iran that the close allies disagreed about.
On Tuesday, Trump May told US and British executives to "stay tuned" for the two nations to conclude a trade agreement. "Let's make this deal," Trump said to May at the event at St. James's Palace in London.
President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Federal Foreign Office, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in central London. (Photo: Alex Brandon, AP)
May officially announces her role as Prime Minister on Friday.
Trump spends three days in the UK with First Lady Melania Trump and his adult children. The trip aims to celebrate the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States before Trump travels to Ireland for bilateral meetings and a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the landing of D-Day in Normandy.
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On Monday, the Trumps visited Buckingham Palace, where they met the Queen and her son and heir Prince Charles. They were celebrated at a lavish banquet in which the 93-year-old British monarch initiated an alliance that "ensures the security and prosperity of our two peoples for decades." Trump spoke of the "eternal friendship" of the two nations.
But the Tuesday's agenda turned more to politics and will reveal new uncertainties in Allied relations, not least because of May's imminent departure as British leader. As of Friday, May will play the role of janitor as her ruling conservative party begins a one-week process to succeed as prime minister.
May resigned after failing to arrange Britain's exit from the EU, which has now been postponed to at least October 31, unless both sides agree to an extension. Trump has stated that his British political ally Nigel Farage, an outspoken advocate of leaving the EU without an agreement, should be included in the negotiations. He has also taken the unusual diplomatic step of advocating that his "friend" Boris Johnson – a prominent, US-born and gipsy politician campaigning to leave the bloc – become England's new leader.
"Big trade deal is possible as soon as Britain breaks the shackles and is starting to talk," Trump tweeted Monday, pointing to the country's potential opportunity to sign a bilateral trade agreement with the US as soon as it leaves the EU known as Brexit.
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Trump and May met with US and UK executives including CEOs and senior executives from BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays, Reckitt Benckiser, JPMorgan, Lockheed Martin, and Goldman Sachs International. His daughter Ivanka Trump, national security adviser John Bolton and finance minister Steven Mnuchin also attended the business roundtable.
According to May, the value of trade between the United Kingdom and the United States last year was nearly $ 240 billion.
British companies employ one million people in the US, and "one million people in Britain go to work every morning American employers in the UK"
When the queen stood next to Trump's dinner at Buckingham Palace on Monday night, she appeared to be Trumps repeated attacks on US allies and international organizations such as NATO and the United States to grant a veiled reproof nations.
"Given the new challenges of the twenty-first century, the anniversary of D-Day reminds us of everything our countries have achieved together." After the common sacrifices of World War II, Britain and the United States have worked with other allies to bring about to build a gathering of international institutions to ensure that the horrors of the conflict are never repeated, "she said in a speech to prominent American and British guests.
"While the world has changed, we are forever aware of the original purpose of these structures: nations working together to secure a hard-won peace," she added.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of protesters were expected to take part in a "Carnival of Resistance" against Trump in central London. Environmental activists, anti-racist activists and women's rights activists will walk the streets around Parliament Square to declare a "trump-free zone". With it: The phone-carrying, diaper carrying inflatable airship called "Trump Baby"
Opposition leader of the Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn who boycotted the public dinner, tweeted about the protests. "An opportunity to show solidarity with them (Trump) has been attacked in America, around the world and in our own country," including London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Trump called him an "ice-cold loser" shortly before his arrival in the UK.
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