President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged full cooperation on trade and other issues Friday, easing tensions following Trump's explosive interview in which he criticized her handling of "Brexit" and called into question a U.S. -U.K. trade deal.
In his interview, published while May hosted a dinner for him at Blenheim Palace, Trump said the prime minister's painstakingly constructed Brexit plan would "kill" Britain's chances of a United States trade deal, the same warning made by her party's most ardent Brexiters.
Mr Trump sent shockwaves through Westminster when he gave an explosive interview to The Sun where he said he would have carried out Brexit negotiations "much differently" and claimed the Prime Minister did not listen to his advice.
"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, (there is) no reason for me to go to London", he told the Sun newspaper.
Opponents of Donald Trump flew a six-meter blimp depicting the US president as an orange, snarling nappy-wearing baby just outside the British parliament on Friday.
"The idea that we would park our rights and privileges and freedoms because it may cause offence to a USA president, I think people in London and the United Kingdom would find objectionable as indeed would Americans", he said. I get along with her very nicely. I am assuming that his mum told him that when you go to someone's house you do not insult the host. I haven't been there in a long time. I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister.
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They gathered under a big "baby Trump" blimp, showing him snarling and holding a mobile phone, dressed in only a nappy.
"She should negotiate the best way she knows how, but it's too bad what's going on", Trump said.
Trump's comments have overshadowed a visit where the president was greeted with British pomp and ceremony - the lavish gala dinner in his honor at Blenheim Palace last night - even as protesters tried to rain on the parade.
"She said: 'Don't worry it's only the press.' I thought that was very professional".
"I used to love London as a city", Trump told The Sun newspaper.
Trump then heads to Windsor Castle later Friday for tea with Queen Elizabeth II.
Trump also took aim at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying he was doing a "bad job" on combating terrorism and crime in the city.
Trump has insisted the US-UK relationship is "the highest level of special".