President Trump, Initial Lady Melania Trump meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle
President Trump and Initial Lady Melania Trump joined Queen Elizabeth II in an official greeting ceremony at Windsor Castle Friday, in the first meeting amongst the two heads of state since the 2016 election.
The monarch welcomed Trump and Mrs. Trump in the courtyard of the castle for a social pay a visit to with the queen, who does not share her political views.
The 92-year-old has met each U.S. president who held office since her coronation in 1952, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson. She also met Harry Truman when she was a princess, which means she has met 12 sitting U.S. presidents.
Trump and the queen walked up and down the garden, inspecting a guard of honor, formed by the Coldstream Guards. They then spent around 30 minutes getting acquainted more than tea inside the castle.
The president&rsquos check out with the queen came right after a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May possibly. The two leaders pledged their complete cooperation on trade and other concerns, easing tensions soon after Trump gave an explosive interview with The Sun in which he criticized May&rsquos handling of Brexit and known as into question a U.S.-U.K. trade deal.
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Despite comments in the interview, Trump on Friday said he supported whatever selection May comes to regarding Brexit, Britain&rsquos departure from the European Union.
&ldquoOnce the Brexit approach is concluded&mdashand possibly the U.K. has left the EU, I don&rsquot know, whatever you&rsquore going to do is okay with us,&rdquo Trump mentioned. &ldquoJust make positive we can trade with each other. That&rsquos all that matters.&rdquo
Could promised a trade deal with the U.S. and with other individuals about the planet, noting that she and Trump came up with an &ldquoambitious deal that operates for each countries,&rdquo that would build on the U.K.&rsquos independent trade policy.
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Trump touted the U.S. connection with the U.K. as &ldquothe highest level of unique.&rdquo
Trump also used the interview to praise the queen, calling her a "tremendous woman".
"If you believe of it, for so a lot of years she has represented her country, she has really by no means created a mistake," he mentioned. "You never see, like, something embarrassing. She is just an incredible lady. My wife is a tremendous fan of hers. She has got a fantastic and lovely grace about her."
Trump will travel to Scotland over the weekend, and then to Helsinki, Finland for a highly-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will be his final stop on his four-nation European tour.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Published at Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:22:00 +0000