'I think they like me here', says Donald Trump brushing off protests as he arrives in UK

Donald Trump begins his much-anticipated visit as he arrives in the UK with first lady Melania Trump. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2018, 06.51 PM (IST)

The United States President Donald Trump on Thursday arrived in the United Kingdom and will begin his four-day visit by meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, later in the day.

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests planned against him, Trump said, "They like me a lot in the UK. I think they agree with me on immigration." The US President made the remarks before leaving Brussels after attending the NATO summit.

He also called the UK "a pretty hot spot" over the cabinet resignations during the media interaction after the summit.

The US President also raised eyebrows as he raised serious doubts over British prime minister's Brexit plan since the US is one of the closest allies of the UK.

"Britain was a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations," he told a press conference in Brussels on the eve of a trip to Britain.

Trump further said that Britain "is in somewhat turmoil", before departing Washington for the NATO summit, remarking that dealing with Putin might surprisingly be the easiest part of the European trip.

He also told the press conference, "The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)." 

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route. I don't know that is what they voted for," he added.

During the press interaction, Theresa May was also asked about Trump's remarks, to which she responded by saying, "What we are doing is delivering on the vote of the British people... that's what our proposal does."

However, despite a series of diplomatic spats between Britain and Trump, the British government is hoping for a quick trade deal with the US after it leaves the European Union.

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the US and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead," May said ahead of the visit.

US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, has said a deal will be "a major priority" for Trump, calling Brexit "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change direction".

Apart from bilateral talks with May, the US President's visit includes tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland. 

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