Newsflash! President Donald Trump apologized on Friday.
Trump made his first visit to England Thursday after appearing in Brussels for the annual NATO summit. And like he did in Brussels, he ruffled feathers with incendiary remarks directed toward the female leader of a key U.S. ally, this time British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Trump’s remarks came in an interview with The Sun, a British tabloid. He seemed to criticize her handling of Brexit and had laudatory things to say about Boris Johnson, who, until he resigned this week, was the U.K.s foreign secretary. He’s been seen as a potential rival of May’s in the next election, and Trump seemed to play into that speculation. Here are a few of his most eyebrow-raising quotes, which were published within hours of May welcoming Trump to England. The two were even seen holding hands while walking.
• “Well, I am not pitting one against the other. I’m just saying I think he would be a great prime minister.” Trump said of Johnson. “I think he’s got what it takes and I think he’s got the right attitude to be a great prime minister.”
• “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on,” he said of May’s Brexit strategy. “It was not the deal that was in the referendum. I have just been hearing this over the last three days. I know they have had a lot of resignations. So a lot of people don’t like it.”
• “I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me,” Trump said of her negotiating strategy for Brexit.
Needless to say, the comments from the president seemed to imperil the “special relationship” enjoyed by the two nations for decades, one that has become tenuous since Trump became president.
In fact, Trump said he did something he’s rather infamous for never doing. he apologized.
“I said very good things about her,” Trump said of the interview with The Sun at a joint press conference. “She’s a total professional, because when I saw her this morning I said, ‘I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you.”’ May, who was standing right next to Trump, laughed at his mea culpa. Trump also described the interview with The Sun, of which there is audio, of being fake news, and said he had his own recording of the exchange.
As for the “special relationship,” Trump assured reporters and May that the partnership remains intact and is “the highest level of special.” He said the relationship was “a bond that is like no other.”
Of course, this was just a fraction of the drama that Trump was busy creating during his visit to England. In the interview with The Sun, he also blasted London’s mayor Sadiq Khan and complained that the “snarling orange Trump baby blimp flying over London” made him feel “unwelcome.” And all of this happened before he even met Queen Elizabeth.
Still can’t believe that actually Trump apologized to someone. Watch what he says in the video below.
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