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Trump Visits London, amid Tight UK Leadership Race

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump landed in the UK on Monday for a three-day state visit at a sensitive time for the country’s ruling Conservative Party. Rival candidates are jostling to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, and the president has already weighed in with his own opinions on the contenders.
President Donald Trump landed at the UK’s Stansted Airport at 8:56 a.m. to be met by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, as well as U.S. ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson.
He managed to stir controversy even While Air Force One was still in the air, tweeting that London Mayor of London Sadiq Khan — with whom he has a long-running dispute — is a “stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”
There’s still an open question as to whether Trump will meet with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and the favorite to succeed May, Boris Johnson, during his visit.
While meeting Johnson might be considered political meddling, given there are 12 other candidates to replace May, and meeting Farage would be undiplomatic, given he’s a fierce opponent of the ruling Tories, those considerations are not likely to trouble Trump, who on Thursday said he may meet them.
Over the weekend, Trump told the Sun newspaper that Johnson would make an “excellent” prime minister. And the Sunday Times reported his advice to Britain that Brexit Party leader Farage be appointed to negotiate Britain’s departure from the European Union.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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