Trump tells United Kingdom to 'walk away' if it can't secure terms


US President Donald Trump will arrive in the United Kingdom on Monday for his first state visit where he will meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May amid widespread protests and demonstrations. "If you don't get a fair deal, you walk away".

Mr Trump added that if he was in charge, he would not pay the European Union divorce bill, and he claimed it is not too late to "sue" the European Union to give Britain greater "ammunition" in the talks. "That is me. I would not pay, that is a tremendous number".

Trump said it was a mistake for the Conservatives not to involve Farage, the Brexit Party leader, in talks with Brussels after his success in European Parliament elections last month.

President Trump, in an interview published Saturday, doubled down on his backing of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May - saying the blustery Brexiteer would do "an excellent job".

Trump professes friendship for May, but he has been harshly critical of her handling of Britain's tortured Brexit negotiations with the European Union. "They won't bring him in but think how well they would do if they did".

But Nigel Farage said that a boycott by senior politicians of the state dinner was hypocritical, pointing the finger at Jeremy Corbyn and others for attending the banquet after they attended one for Chinese President Xi Jinping. "They just haven't figured that out yet", Trump noted.

"First of all, [the Trump administration] got out of the Iran agreement, something that I would not have done, leaving this all to our allies to enforce and giving more leverage to China and to Russian Federation, the last thing that we should be doing".

In an interview with Sky News, London's mayor Sadiq Khan weighed in on the president's visit, stating that Londoners find his policies "abhorrent and offensive".

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Wading in again to his hosts' domestic politics, Trump says of Johnson, "He's a friend of mine", adding he may also meet with another pro-Brexit politician, Nigel Farage, during his visit.

A state visit is a relatively rare honour for a US president: Only Barack Obama in 2011 and George W. Bush in 2003 have received the coveted invitations, which are offered based on advice from British Foreign Office officials, not the whim of the queen.

He said he was "not offended" by Mr Corbyn's refusal to meet him at the state banquet.

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Trump took to Twitter to dismiss claims that he called the Duchess of Sussex "nasty", adding these rumours were spread by "fake news media", singling out CNN and the New York Times.

He also said that Washington would be ready to sign a strong trade deal with Britain once it's out of the EU.

While Huawei represents a low-priced and advanced networking option, the threat of losing access to United States intelligence sharing as part of the five eyes alliance is likely to see the UK exclude Huawei from all networks at some point in the future.