Friend: Trump doesn't deserve this treatment

Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO and friend to President Trump, talks about the treatment Trump has received in the United Kingdom.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 12:57 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2018 1:07 PM

Staff at Britain's Blenheim Castle were likely still cleaning up after a lavish dinner Thursday when The Sun dropped the contents of its wide-ranging interview with US President Donald Trump.

Hours into his working visit to the UK, Trump suggested his hosts might lose out in a trade deal to Europe. He criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for a soft Brexit, while praising her former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He lashed out again at NATO and resumed his feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Here's what else came up:

Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal

Trump's visit comes at a time of political turmoil for the embattled British Prime Minister, who is fending off criticism over her plans for a "soft Brexit." Trump said her plan would be likely to "kill" any UK-US trade deal.

"If they do a deal like that, we would most likely be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.

"Because we have enough difficulty with the European Union. We are cracking down right now on the European Union because they have not treated the United States fairly on trading."

He also said he'd told May how to negotiate with the EU, but she ignored him.

"I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me."

Theresa May battles for political survival after ministers resign over Brexit

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson quit his role as Foreign Secretary earlier this week, accusing May of allowing an optimistic Brexit vision to become clouded by a failure of ambition.

Trump praised Johnson, and said he would make a "great prime minister."

"Let me tell you, he's a very talented guy. I was very saddened to see that he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point, because I think he's a very ... I think he's a great representative for your country," Trump said.

"I was very surprised and saddened that he was getting out of government. And you lost some other very good people," he continued. "Well, I'm not pitting one against the other, I'm just saying I think (Johnson) would be a great prime minister. I think he's got what it takes and I think he has got the right attitude to be a great prime minister."

Immigration

Trump declared that immigration has changed the fabric of the continent.

"My father Germany, my mother Scotland. So I have great love for countries in Europe. I think what's happened to Europe is a shame. I think the immigration, allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame. I think it changed the fabric of Europe.

"And unless you act very quickly it's never going to be what it was, and I don't mean that in a positive way. So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you're losing your culture."

Queen Elizabeth II

Ahead of his scheduled meeting with Queen Elizabeth on Friday, he described the monarch as a "tremendous woman," praising her ability to avoid embarrassing mistakes.

"She is a tremendous woman, I really look forward to meeting her. I think she represents her country so well. If you think of it, for so many years she's represented her country, she's really never made a mistake. You don't see, like, anything embarrassing. She's just an incredible woman. My wife is a tremendous fan of hers," Trump said.

"(Queen Elizabeth has) a great and beautiful grace about her. No, I look forward (to meeting her). My mother loved the Queen. My mother coming from Scotland, and she'd come back every year religiously, go to Scotland.

"My mother loved the Queen. She thought the Queen was tremendous. Any time the Queen was on television my mother wanted to watch it."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

There's no love lost between the US President and Sadiq Khan, who Trump said had done a "terrible job" as London mayor.

"Take a look at the terrorism that's taking place. Look what's going on in London. I think he's done a terrible job."

Trump also assailed Khan's record on crime, something he has done regularly in the past. In May he said a London hospital was "as bad as a military war zone hospital ... knives, knives, knives."

"I think he's done a bad job on crime, if you look. You take a look at your hospital in London, you know what I'm talking about, with all of the horrible things going on there with all of the crime that's being brought in.

"And I think he's not been hospitable to a government that is a very important government. Now he might not like the current President, but again, it's for me I represent the United States. I also represent a lot of people in Europe because a lot of people from Europe are in the United States."

NATO and trade

In the interview, Trump reiterated his frustration with past US administrations, saying they failed to act to rectify the disparity in financial commitment between the US and its NATO partners.

"I'll tell you what, we've had 40 years of presidents and have said that same thing in a nicer way and they got nothing, so, I mean, call it what you want, they're taking advantage of the United States.

"The United States is protecting the, you know, countries, most of which are the EU, and frankly, if you look at it, we get a double-barrel hit. We get hit on trade, where they treat us badly, they have barriers against us trading and you know, strong barriers and tariffs, and we get hit on NATO. So we have a double whammy, a double hit.

"Now it's not the United States, many presidents have come here and said this is not fair and then they go home and go to sleep. I'm not going to let that happen."

Trump claims NATO victory but details in dispute

Protests

The President said he used to "love London as a city," but feels "unwelcome" by the protests marking his visit.

"I used to love London as a city. I haven't been there in a long time. I think your mayor has done a terrible job, but when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?

"And when I say that, I am talking about government because the people of the UK agree with me."

'I think they like me there:' Trump says he's popular in UK despite threat of protests

'England'

During the Trump strayed from the subject of politics to ruminate about the use of the word "England."

"You don't hear the word 'England' as much as you should. I miss the name England," he said.

"I think England is a beautiful name. And you don't hear it very much anymore. But (the football team at the World Cup is) playing as 'England.' That's very interesting. That's good," Trump said.

The four constituent nations of the UK have always represented themselves independently in international soccer competitions.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 92100

Reported Deaths: 2037
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin26264926
Ramsey10635318
Dakota7280125
Anoka5870132
Stearns386524
Washington365255
Scott248733
Olmsted234627
Nobles194316
Blue Earth16326
Wright15537
St. Louis145138
Carver13757
Clay131640
Rice13118
Mower13085
Sherburne111414
Kandiyohi9552
Winona85518
Lyon6614
Waseca5668
Steele5302
Freeborn5293
Benton5223
Nicollet51516
Watonwan5144
Todd4832
McLeod4702
Chisago4661
Crow Wing46418
Le Sueur4464
Otter Tail4074
Beltrami3885
Martin35710
Goodhue3449
Pine3070
Itasca29914
Polk2944
Douglas2782
Isanti2710
Becker2572
Carlton2461
Cottonwood2190
Unassigned21852
Morrison2161
Pipestone21610
Dodge2140
Chippewa2031
Meeker1892
Sibley1893
Brown1822
Wabasha1800
Yellow Medicine1692
Rock1620
Murray1562
Mille Lacs1533
Redwood1511
Cass1423
Jackson1371
Renville1367
Faribault1320
Swift1231
Houston1170
Koochiching1173
Roseau1170
Kanabec1168
Pennington1151
Fillmore1110
Lincoln1050
Stevens941
Pope900
Hubbard881
Aitkin741
Big Stone730
Wadena670
Grant594
Wilkin583
Lake570
Norman520
Marshall501
Lac qui Parle471
Mahnomen461
Red Lake401
Traverse290
Clearwater260
Lake of the Woods211
Kittson120
Cook60

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 82537

Reported Deaths: 1289
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk15571261
Woodbury517363
Johnson507327
Black Hawk442188
Linn3878109
Story336917
Dubuque298541
Scott287528
Dallas274138
Pottawattamie203338
Buena Vista195912
Marshall176834
Sioux14693
Wapello129657
Webster121314
Clinton109220
Plymouth109120
Muscatine109054
Crawford10425
Cerro Gordo101721
Warren9456
Jasper80232
Des Moines7517
Marion7465
Tama69931
Henry6554
Carroll6505
Lee6137
Wright5701
Dickinson5036
Boone4938
Bremer4757
Washington44911
Louisa42615
Mahaska36819
Delaware3653
Franklin34618
Hamilton3233
Jackson3173
Winneshiek3156
Floyd3103
Clay3094
Benton3021
Hardin2931
Winnebago28413
Lyon2804
Poweshiek2708
Butler2652
Buchanan2621
Clarke2623
Jones2583
Emmet25410
Allamakee2526
Shelby2501
Kossuth2490
Chickasaw2400
Guthrie2406
Clayton2373
Cedar2331
Sac2320
Cherokee2222
Grundy2183
Madison2092
Fayette2052
Iowa1971
Harrison1962
Mitchell1860
Howard1856
Humboldt1833
Calhoun1792
Hancock1772
Mills1731
Palo Alto1720
Pocahontas1562
Lucas1536
Monroe15310
Page1500
Cass1482
Osceola1460
Monona1441
Jefferson1351
Appanoose1293
Taylor1271
Union1263
Davis1224
Van Buren1121
Ida1100
Fremont1040
Worth1040
Keokuk1011
Greene990
Montgomery905
Wayne842
Audubon741
Adair681
Decatur660
Ringgold482
Adams330
Unassigned40
Rochester
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 67°
Mason City
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 72°
Albert Lea
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 64°
Austin
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 66°
Charles City
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 68°
Tracking more warmth before cooler weather arrives for the weekend
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

RPL announces new curbside pickup services

Image

How does a victim get justice when the defendant dies?

Image

Sara's Evening Forecast - Thursday

Image

Ramp project for Vietnam Vet

Image

Farmer Safety Week

Image

Mayowood Fall Follies Celebration

Image

Mercy Day 5k being held virtually

Image

Crashes involving deer

Image

Election Cybersecurity Concerns

Image

Rochester Mayor reflects on Breonna Taylor case

Community Events