Then, at a press conference, standing right next to Prime Minister May, he seemed to change his tune.
"I beat our Honest Abe", Trump added.
MARTIN: With us now, Lord Peter Ricketts.
The couple were met by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jenny Tolhurst, the chief operating officer at Stansted Airport Brad Miller, and Woody Johnson, the United States Ambassador to the UK. Do you think that's true?
Late past year, Ms May herself criticised Mr Trump for retweeting a message by a member of a British far-right group, and the speaker of parliament has said the president would not be welcome to address the chamber. And it's been something of a rollercoaster, actually, quite an experience. "That says it all", said Margaret Broderick, 40, who was protesting with a sign that said "electile dysfunction", with a picture of Johnson and Trump. "Just make sure we can trade together". And he's made a decision to put a much more positive gloss on the visit than was the case when he was arriving.
The criticisms sparked unfavorable comment across the British media, with the Financial Times newspaper writing in an editorial that Trump's criticism "deliberately weakens the United Kingdom prime minister at a time when her government has been rocked by a series of resignations".
RICKETTS: Yes. And Mrs.
As his trip was quietly downgraded from a state visit, he didn't visit Parliament and has had to move around the country by helicopter.
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May highlighted that more than one million Americans work for UK-owned firms, adding: "And it's an opportunity to shape the future of the world through cooperation in advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence". And she's chosen not to up the public rhetoric with the president.
"Special relationship" is a term long used in Britain and the USA to describe the close coordination of their foreign policies and overall strong ties between the two countries. So I think Mrs.
"The Prime Minister has a good relationship with the President". And she's been handling her rather hard media moments in that spirit.
He also referenced immigration into Europe, saying: "I think what has happened to Europe is a shame".
During the press conference, May also thanked Trump for his support over Russia which Britain has blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in southwest England in March. Protesters gathered in the busiest shopping district, most carrying banners or wearing t-shirts with anti-Trump slogans.
'I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point.
MARTIN: Does May survive this moment, though?
"She's a very smart, very tough, very capable person and I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that I can tell you". I have just been hearing this over the last three days. "Unfortunately, there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn't put in what I said about the prime minister and I said a tremendous thing". It tends to start with him going in very hard, shaking the tree very strongly. The CNN reporter was told: "CNN is fake news, I don't take questions from fake news".