London, July 13: After sparking controversies at the G7 and Nato summits within a span of a month, US President Donald Trump detonated yet another bomb, this time in his country's bilateral relations, by blasting UK Prime Minister Theresa May in an exclusive interview with The Sun.
In the interview to the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid on Thursday (July 12) night, Trump said May had ignored his advice on Brexit by opting for a soft strategy and that she might have ruined the chance of seeing a vital trade deal with the US getting the wings. Trump also warned that May's efforts to maintain close ties with the European Union would turn a lucrative trade deal with the US unlikely.
He also said that former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who recently quit after accusing the May government of "suffocating the Brexit dream", would make a "great prime minister" and said "In think he's got what it takes".
Trump also criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan again over last year's terror attacks in London saying the latter had done "a terrible job".
Trump met May on Friday at county retreat Chequers, a day after the combative interview, and Chancellor of Exchequer Philip Hammond expressed hope that the two leaders' talks would be "very positive", BBC reported.
Meanwhile, London saw protests being organised against Trump, the man who is considered to be having an ordinary following in the island-nation because of his series of controversial decisions and acts.
The White House, on the other hand, said after the publication of the Sun interview that Trump had a high respect for May and that he never said anything bad about her.