Trump Says He and Queen Elizabeth II ‘Had a Nice Time’

When President Trump visited Britain in 2018 and met Queen Elizabeth II, he brought about a social media stir by strolling in entrance of the British monarch as they inspected her honor guard, forcing her to step round him — a breach of protocol.

On Thursday, a day after his first state go to to Britain ended, he raved in an interview with the Fox Information host Laura Ingraham that he had developed a deep bond with the queen and that she had been very taken with him.

“There are those who say they’ve by no means seen the queen have a greater time, a extra animated time,” Mr. Trump mentioned within the interview, which was taped in Normandy, France, in entrance of the graves of fallen troops on the 75th anniversary of the Allied touchdown.

“We had a interval the place we had been speaking stable straight,” he mentioned. “I didn’t even know who the opposite folks on the desk had been. I by no means spoke to them; we simply had a good time.”

Through the interview he additionally joked that he was holding up the D-Day ceremonies to sit down with Ms. Ingraham.

A day earlier, whereas sitting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Mr. Trump referred to as the queen “an unbelievable girl,” including, “I really feel I do know her so properly proper now, and she or he actually is aware of me properly.”

On Friday, Buckingham Palace declined to touch upon Mr. Trump’s remarks.

Elizabeth, 93, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has met each American president since Truman, aside from Lyndon B. Johnson. And for all his appeals to populism as political rocket gasoline, Mr. Trump has lengthy craved the respect and approval of worldwide figures and cultural icons, together with the British royal household, at the same time as his need to boast about his assembly with royalty was at odds with a few of his harsh rhetoric at rallies.

For his state go to, he introduced alongside not solely the primary girl, Melania Trump, but in addition his 4 grownup youngsters. Throughout final 12 months’s journey, which was downgraded from an official state go to, Mr. Trump had tea with the queen at Windsor Fortress.

This time, at the same time as Britons hit the streets in protest with a large Trump balloon, Mr. Trump was feted at a lavish state dinner at Buckingham Palace, the place he sat to the proper of the queen on the horseshoe-shape desk, and so they exchanged toasts.

She famous the president’s Scottish ancestry on his mom’s facet, and mentioned that Britain and the US had been “certain by the energy and breadth” of their financial ties.

Addressing Mr. Trump, she mentioned, “Mr. President, as we glance to the long run, I’m assured that our widespread values and shared pursuits will proceed to unite us.” She additionally pointedly spoke of the multilateral establishments that Britain and the US helped to create after World Struggle II to forestall one other conflict — establishments, like NATO, that Mr. Trump has denigrated.

“Whereas the world has modified,” the queen mentioned, “we’re endlessly conscious of the unique objective of those constructions.”

On Wednesday, he left for Eire, the place he owns a golf membership in Doonbeg, and met with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. He reassured the Irish chief that Britain’s exit from the European Union would “work out very properly,” together with for Eire, “together with your wall, your border.”

He additionally praised Mr. Varadkar as doing a “unbelievable” job, and mentioned that Eire was “one of many main nations when it comes to folks transferring and dwelling in the US.”

“We’ve hundreds of thousands of Irish. And I feel I do know most of them as a result of they’re my buddies,” he mentioned. “We love the Irish.”

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