Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Timeline: President's Donald Trump's rocky road to UK visit

Timeline: President's Donald Trump's rocky road to UK visit

Trump made the remark as he set off on a trip to Europe which includes a visit to Britain where he will hold talks with May who is now wrestling with a political crisis after two top ministers quit over her plans for Brexit.

Answering a reporter's question over whether May would stay in power, Trump said as he set off on a trip to Europe, "That's up to the people". Maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there.

A security fence is seen near the US ambassador's residence, ahead of the USA presidential visit, in Regents Park, London, Britain July 11, 2018.

His trip coincides with a tumultuous week for the British prime minister after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

The spokesman played down the suggestion that Mr Trump would find it easier to talk to President Putin than the PM, saying that it appeared the remark was meant to be "humorous".

Speaking as he prepared to depart for a European trip in which he will meet the Prime Minister at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels before his first visit to the United Kingdom as U.S. president, Mr Trump insisted he got along with Mrs May "very well". That's not on the schedule, but the president makes his own schedule.

The pound gave up recent gains during Asian trading after Davis's unexpected resignation as Brexit secretary over what he described as a "general direction of policy [that] will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one". In mid-afternoon trade, the pound recovered some of those losses, last at $1.326, following the news that UK Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said he did not expect a vote of confidence against the prime minister.

The enduring image of May's visit to the White House in January 2017, when she became the first foreign leader to meet the president after he took office, was Trump taking May's hand to help her down the steps of the White House colonnade. "So I think that symbolizes how he considers the importance of her leadership in this country right now".

A high metal fence has been erected around the US ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turned violent. "That's certainly up to the people, not up to me".

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