Trump: ‘They like me a lot in the U.K.’

By William Booth and Karla Adam | Washington Post

LONDON – If President Donald Trump likes a little chaos, a little disruption on his travels, he has come to the right place.

Asked about the mass demonstrations scheduled for his trip to Britain, Trump said Thursday at a NATO press conference, “I think they like me a lot in the U.K. I think they agree with me on immigration. I’m very strong on immigration.”

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He added, “I’m going to a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations.”

As Air Force One landed at London Stansted Airport Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was beset by division, her compromise plan to exit the European Union was being excoriated by critics, and rebels in her own Conservative party were threatening a no-confidence vote.

Add to the mix that England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night, and the nation was suffering from a collective hangover, and not the good kind. Meanwhile, out in the quiet English countryside, 100 counter-terrorism investigators have concluded that a middle-aged British woman was killed by a dose of Soviet-era nerve agent, the same batch of chemical weapon that May charged was deployed on English soil by Russian actors, likely with President Vladimir Putin’s knowledge.

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin Monday in Helsinki.

Trump’s aides have feared that the wall-to-wall protests could lead the president to lash out during the trip, and great care has been taken to keep him from the demonstrations.

When Trump said earlier in the day that the British liked him a lot, he drew laughs from reporters at the news conference. The president did not appear to …read more

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