Donald Trump's kind-of, sort-of apology to Theresa May

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Their meeting came against the backdrop of story in a tabloid newspaper in which Trump questioned a trade deal between the United States and Britain if there was a soft Brexit, and also said the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, would make a good prime minister.

"Very bad stuff", she wrote.Trump shocked British media and many in the USA when he openly attacked May's plan for Brexit during his Thursday interview with The Sun, before going further to lament that "millions" of immigrants were forever altering Europe's cultural makeup."I would have done it much differently", Trump said of May's Brexit plan.

Mr Trump has sparked a backlash from UK politicians after telling The Sun the PM's Brexit plan would "probably kill" a UK-US trade deal.

The comments will plunge the transatlantic "special relationship" to new lows, making for extremely awkward talks with May when the two meet at her country retreat of Chequers later on Friday.

Trump's remarks to the Sun were the most biting any USA president has ever made on visit to Britain.

Trump and May were speaking to reporters at a press conference following bilateral talks at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence.

A mass demonstration called "Together Against Trump" by left-wing campaign groups is organised for Friday, with a giant balloon of Trump depicted as a crying baby in a nappy set to fly next to the British parliament.

"It's embarrassing how much our government is falling over themselves to try to appease someone who has no interest in any sort of give-and-take in the UK-U.S. relationship at all", said protester Nicola Tanner, 33, from Bristol, southwest England. "I think he is a great representative for your country".

Britons are narrowly in favour of US President Donald Trump airing his views on Brexit, a Sky Data poll suggests.

Trump said Khan had done "a very bad job on terrorism" and said he had "not been hospitable to a government that is very important".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement after the interview was published, saying Trump "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".

Asked about that interview, Trump said he had not criticised May, lavishing praise on "a terrific woman", who was smart, tough and capable.

"I would say Brexit is Brexit", he told reporters.

It added: "It was the latest global incident to erupt during Trump's brief sojourn overseas, which kicked off with incendiary comments that upended a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and further strained relationships with longtime United States allies".

The U.S. President also noted that her rival Boris Johnson would make a "great" Prime Minister, once again slammed the Washington Post and took aim at London Mayor in the bombshell interview.

"This is what people need to be doing - to come together in their communities to organise and work out how to stand against right wing populism and xenophobia that we're seeing not just in the U.S. but in Europe", Smith told AP. "The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for". He is expected to spend the majority of his visit to the United Kingdom outside of major cities and insulated from the public at various palaces or country estates.

Khan earlier urged Londoners to keep Friday's main protest "peaceful and good-spirited", saying the message went broader than Trump.

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