Trump eyes trade, tea with queen in 'Britain in turmoil'

"I would have done it much differently", Trump told the paper.

He said first lady Melania Trump shares his admiration: "My wife is a tremendous fan of hers".

Mr Trump said he looked forward to finalising a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, marking an abrupt change from the Sun newspaper article which quoted him saying Prime Minister Theresa May's strategy would kill such an agreement.

During a joint news conference with Ms May, Mr Trump said he had "a lot of respect for the Prime Minister". " "They are not interested or even aware of the substance of what Donald Trump is actually doing..."

"I didn't criticize the prime minister".

He reportedly also said May's cherished hope of a free trade deal with the USA would be killed off by her softened approach.

Trump also refused to take a question from Jim Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN, saying he doesn't answer questions from the "fake news" outlet.

The blimp, designed by Leo Murray, flew over Parliament Square in London on Friday when organizers said almost 250,000 people took to the streets to mark Trump's first visit to the president.

The U.S. president and First Lady Melania Trump are in the United Kingdom for two days this week between the NATO Summit in Brussels yesterday and Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the weekend.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through London on Friday to demonstrate against the USA president's visit.

Donald Trump finally met Queen Elizabeth II after months of grumbling, and it went just about as well as you'd expect.

Addressing the 100-strong dinner at Blenheim Palace, the Prime Minister said there was an "unprecedented" opportunity to do a deal that boosted jobs and growth in both countries.

Trump also reignited his feud with London mayor Sadiq Khan, who has repeatedly blamed for terrorism and personally blamed for immigration into the capital, despite the mayor having no control over immigration policy.

Trump praised May's Conservative Party rival and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and said he would make a "great Prime Minister", adding "I think he's got what it takes".

However, the president made amends, telling May, "I want to apologize for that report".

  • Jon Douglas