Brexit white paper an evolution, not a solution: Irish PM

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Trump visit to UK begins on awkward note

Responding to this, he said: "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal".

Asked about the former foreign secretary at Chequers yesterday, Mr Trump said: "He's been very nice to me". "As he said in his interview with The Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her.' He thought she was great on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation today and is a really terrific person".

The U.S. President has already caused controversy during his visit after landing yesterday, slamming British Prime Minister Theresa May's strategy around Brexit and taking aim at the Mayor of London. "I believe that the people in the UK, Scotland, Ireland, as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over, I think that those people they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration", he said.

He added: "I think our Prime Minister should have the confidence to speak to the US President on equal terms and it's for President Trump to say what he wants about me; I'm not going to rise to President Trump's views".

British Twitter users hoped Prime Minister Theresa May would invoke Hugh Grant in the movie Love Actually and push back harder against President Donald Trump than she seems to have so far in their negotiations.

He didn't elaborate. He said that May is "doing a terrific job". The UK hopes to make progress on a post-Brexit trade relationship, although the scope for a bilateral trade deal would be limited if the UK remains aligned with European Union regulations on goods.

"Mr. President, Sir Winston Churchill once said that "to have the United States at our side was, to me, the greatest joy", May told Trump, according to a text of her speech. Just make sure we can trade together.

The US president did not have such glowing words for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, however.

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In the interview, Trump described Johnson as "a very talented guy", adding: "I like him a lot".

But even before he arrived, the president criticized May's Brexit plan, said the country was in "somewhat turmoil" and that meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week - the British premier's geopolitical enemy - would be easier than meeting with her.

The Trumps landed in Air Force One at Stansted Airport at lunchtime on Thursday to kick-start a four-day working visit to Britain as protests against his trip began.

During the gala, a wide-ranging interview Trump gave to Britain's The Sun newspaper was posted on its website.

In this interview, Mr Trump said: "You have a mayor who has done a bad job in London".

Donald Trump and wife Melania have been pictured dressed up to the nines at a lavish dinner at Blenheim Palace, hosted by Theresa May.

He told the tabloid that's part of why he's spending so little time in the city, saying: "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".

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