CAPITALS — A US-UK trade deal “will absolutely be possible”, Donald Trump has said, hours after he told The Sun Theresa May’s Brexit plan could kill an agreement.
Speaking after talks at Chequers, Mr Trump said the US-UK relationship is “the highest level of special”, while Mrs May said they had discussed plans for an “ambitious” trade agreement.
Mr Trump and his wife, Melania, later had tea with the Queen at Windsor.
Thousands of people have protested in London against Mr Trump’s UK visit.
A large balloon, portraying the president as a baby, has been floated in Parliament Square as part of the demonstrations. Other protests are taking place across the UK on Friday and Saturday.
The Queen greeted Mr Trump and the first lady as their motorcade arrived at Windsor Castle. The band of the Coldstream Guards played the Star-Spangled Banner and she invited the president to inspect the guard of honour.
Their meeting lasted nearly an hour and was the final engagement in Mr Trump’s two-day working visit to the UK.
The Trumps took off from Windsor in a presidential helicopter before boarding Air Force One, which flew them to Ayrshire and a weekend stay at his Turnberry golf resort.
They arrived at Prestwick Airport at 20:22 BST.
Shortly after their arrival at the resort, a protester in a microlight aircraft flew over it, unfurling a banner saying “well below par, Trump, #resist.”
Mr Trump’s first visit official visit to the UK as president took place in between the Nato summit in Brussels and a meeting on Monday in Helsinki with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The talks at Chequers came after the Sun published its wide-ranging interview with the president in which he was critical of the PM’s Brexit plan.
But standing alongside Mrs May after the meeting at her Buckinghamshire country residence, Mr Trump praised her as an “incredible woman” and a “very tough negotiator” who was “doing a fantastic job”, and said there could be a “great” trade deal between the US and UK.
He said: “I read reports where that won’t be possible, but I believe after speaking with the prime minister’s people and representatives and trade experts it will absolutely be possible”.