Trump praises British PM Theresa May after criticizing her in newspaper interview


British politicians expressed outrage on Friday (July 13) at US President Donald Trump's attack on the government's Brexit strategy, although one leading euro-sceptic said it was "perfectly reasonable".

"I think it's hilarious".

Mr Trump branded the Aberdeen bay windfarm his father had fought so hard to stop "irrelevant", but added that he was sceptical that it would still be standing in a decade.

Trump, who arrived in Britain on Thursday, told the Sun newspaper that planned protests against him in London and other British cities made him feel unwelcome so he was avoiding the capital as much as possible.

"What is interesting is Trump is not criticising mayors of those cities, but he is criticising me", he told BBC radio. She wanted to go a different route ... "And that is fine", he said.

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the disgusting things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in".

The Sun's write-up of its interview, which was recorded, quoted him describing her as a "nice person" and saying they get along "very nicely".

The government published its blueprint on Thursday calling for closer trade ties with the European Union after it leaves the bloc next March.

Even when he was ostensibly undermining Theresa May by saying that she "didn't listen to him" about Brexit, and posturing that he would walk away from a non-favourable trade deal with the United Kingdom, his pulse didn't seem to quicken once, as he did what he usually does, which is the opposite of what anyone would expect of a president on a diplomatic mission.

May insists the plan will protect trade with the European Union while giving Britain the freedom to strike its own deals with other countries like the US.

Mr Bannon told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Trump offered this advice to Mrs May, as well as advising her to be "brutal" and "tough". His predecessor as London mayor was the Conservative Boris Johnson, who resigned this week as foreign secretary in protest at May's blueprint for Brexit.

Donald Trump and his granddaughter Kai visit Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, on June 25, 2016.

Addressing a joint press conference at the end of their bilateral talks at the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, Trump said, "She's a total professional".

After leaving Chequers, Trump was scheduled to have tea later with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, where her grandson Prince Harry married United States actress Meghan Markle in May before flying to one of his golf courses in Scotland.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later sought to limit the damage, saying Trump was "thankful for the wonderful welcome" he received in Britain.

The US President's Scottish sojourn is classed as a private trip because there are no official visits, but taxpayers face a £5million bill for policing protests while he is there.

Meanwhile, Mrs Trump played bowls with the PM's husband, Philip May, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.