President Trump had a barely bumpy relationship with Theresa May, the primary British prime minister he needed to take care of in his presidency.
He arrived for his first go to to the UK as president on 12 July 2018 but it surely was instantly overshadowed by the publication of an interview the US president gave to The Sun newspaper.
In it, he said the UK would “probably not” get a commerce take care of the US if the prime minister’s Brexit plan went forward.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” he informed the paper, including that Mrs May’s plan “will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way.”
But at a joint information convention on the second day of his go to, he modified his tone and said a commerce deal “will absolutely be possible” after the UK leaves the EU. He additionally said Brexit was an “incredible opportunity”.
Mr Trump additionally met the Queen, though there was no open carriage experience together with her by way of the streets of the capital because the journey was designated a “working visit” quite than an official state go to.
Asked about the protests that greeted his arrival within the UK, he insisted many individuals had been “delighted” he was visiting, including: “I get thousands of notifications from people in the UK that they love the president of the United States.”
But when he arrived in London for a state go to the next yr, he was welcomed by additional protests and a large balloon depicting him as a child.
This time round, the president was given the honour of a state banquet at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, throughout which he praised the “eternal friendship” between the UK and US.
But earlier within the day, he had known as London Mayor Sadiq Khan – who had said the UK ought to “not roll out the red carpet” for Mr Trump – a “stone cold loser“.
A couple of weeks later, Mr Trump additionally laid into Mrs May and her proposed Brexit deal, tweeting: “What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way.”
So it was little shock when Mr Trump appeared excited to congratulate Boris Johnson on turning into the brand new prime minister in July 2019, saying: “He will be great!”
When requested what recommendation he would give to Mr Johnson on Brexit, the president replied: “He needs no advice. He’s the right man for the job. I’ve been saying that for a long time.”
While the pair have loved heat private relations, there have been some variations on coverage, most notably on China, the Iran nuclear deal and the way forward for Nato.
But after this yr, they now have one other factor in widespread – they each bought and recovered from coronavirus. When Mr Johnson left intensive care again in April, Mr Trump said it was “great news” and after he returned to the White House to get better from the virus in October, he thanked the British PM for “his friendship and support”.