Update: President Trump has gone on record criticizing the Sun interview as "fake news" and said that a bilateral trade deal between the US and UK is still very much on the table.
More headlines from the press conference are rolling in.
- MAY SAYS AGREED WITH TRUMP TO PURSUE AMBITIOUS TRADE DEAL
- TRUMP: LOOK FORWARD TO BILATERAL TRADE DEAL WITH UK POST-BREXIT
- NATO IS REALLY THERE FOR EUROPE MORE THAN THE U.S., TRUMP SAYS
- TRUMP REITERATES IMMIGRATION HAS BEEN `VERY BAD' FOR EUROPE
- MAY SAYS IMMIGRATION HAS BEEN `GOOD' FOR THE U.K.
- TRUMP SAYS HIS ADVICE TO MAY ON BREXIT WAS `MAYBE TOO BRUTAL'
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This should be sufficiently awkward.
Hours after President Trump slammed Theresa May in an interview with the Sun, a popular Murdoch-owned tabloid (doing further damage to the prime minister's already battered credibility), the two leader are set to meet in London, where we imagine May will put on a happy face and assure the world that the UK's "special relationship" with the US remains intact (they might even negotiate a new trade deal!).
Of course, Trump has already said that if May goes ahead with her proposed "soft Brexit" the US will be taking its trade-deal talk to the European Union and deal with them instead of the UK. In a line that will be remembered in the history of US-UK relations, Trump told his interviewer that while he likes May, she didn't take his advice on Brexit, and that her approach "isn't what the UK voted for."
As one Twitter user gently put it...
The only way Theresa May comes out of this Trump visit with any sort of credibility is if she decks him live on camera.— i.am.eletrick©️ & friends (@TallAsHerEyes) July 13, 2018
...And May will have an opportunity to do just that in a few minutes, when, at 8:45 am ET (1:45 pm London time), she joins Trump for a joint press conference.
Watch it live below: