What Melania Trump will be doing in London

Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn before boarding Marine One and departing the White House

In a series of extraordinary broadsides, Trump told Friday's edition of The Sun that May's plan for post-Brexit ties with the European Union would "probably kill" the prospects for a trade deal with the US.

When asked whether he'd like to see the United Kingdom pull further from the United Kingdom and opt for a "hard Brexit", Trump told reporters "It's not for me to say", and stuck to this line when pushed harder for comment.

The comments were published on Thursday as May hosted an elaborate state dinner for the president and his wife Melania in honour of their arrival in the country.

After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending, Trump landed in Britain having described the closest United States ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit.

Trump also set a hard line on the country's ongoing "Brexit" negotiations, telling the tabloid that he advised Prime Minister Theresa May against the "soft" blueprint she recently presented to alleviate economic fallout as the country separates from the European Union.

The Sun said its interview with Trump was conducted in Brussels, where the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit was held earlier in the week.

"I really look forward to meeting her. I think he is a great representative for your country".

The Washington Post said Mr Trump had "blasted" Mrs May while praising her "archrival", former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who resigned earlier this week over the Brexit plan.

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May has defended the plan, saying it delivers "on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders".

Khan, who has a testy Twitter relationship with Trump, gave the unusual request the go-ahead after more than 10,000 people signed a petition. I think what has happened in Europe is a shame.

His criticism of Britain's anti-terror policies after a series of attacks in 2017 also did not go down well. "I think they agree with me on immigration", he told reporters in Brussels. That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the UK.

"This is what people need to be doing - to come together in their communities to organize and work out how to stand against right-wing populism and xenophobia that we're seeing not just in the USA but in Europe", organizer Kevin Smith told The Associated Press.

May and Trump are scheduled to hold talks and a joint news conference on Friday.

With its straw-blond hair, questionable face tan and unmistakably out-of-proportion hands, a blimp meant to depict President Donald Trump as a screaming baby flew outside the Parliament building in London Friday.

Tens of thousands will protest Trump's visit in London Friday, and their numbers could well be swelled by Trump's interview to The Sun newspaper which emerged as British Prime Minister Theresa May was hosting him at an opulent black-tie dinner in the leafy splendor of Blenheim Palace - the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, whom Trump is said to admire greatly.

The Queen will meet President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle on Friday, the palace has confirmed.

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