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Trump could threaten to drop trade deal unless there is hard Brexit

Donald Trump could threaten to drop plans for a trade deal with Britain unless Theresa May backs a hard Brexit while on his controversial trip to the UK.

The US President could publicly urge the PM to abandon her Chequers Brexit plans,  which sparked the shock resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.

The move would be a huge embarrassment for Mrs May, who is rolling out the red carpet for Mr Trump in a four-day visit which will see him rub shoulders with royalty.

The PM is battling for her political career as mutinous Eurosceptic Tories have launch coordinated resignations and are mobilising to kill off her Brexit plans.  

Sources close to the President say he believes hopes for a lucrative and speedy transatlantic trade deal would be impossible if the UK keeps close ties with Brussels.

One ally told The Daily Telegraph: ‘[He] is going to express disappointment that the British government is not going to be in a position to negotiate a trade deal with the United States.’  

Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the' turmoil' in Britain a head of his visit today

Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the' turmoil' in Britain a head of his visit today

The PM is battling for her political career as mutinous Eurosceptic Tories have launch coordinated resignations and are mobilising to kill off her Brexit plans.

The PM is battling for her political career as mutinous Eurosceptic Tories have launch coordinated resignations and are mobilising to kill off her Brexit plans.

The US President (pictured left)  could publicly urge the PM (pictured right) to abandon her Chequers Brexit plans, which sparked the shock resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.

A former senior White House source predicted the President will voice his support for a hard Brexit at the glitzy dinner at Blenheim Palace tonight.

What are the menus Donald Trump will dine on? 

At Blenheim Palace dinner tonight:

Starter: Scottish salmon

Main: English Hereford beef filet and vegetables

Pudding: Strawberries and clotted cream ice cream.

At Chequers working lunch tomorrow: 

Starter: Dover sole

Main: Chiltern lamb and vegetables.

Pudding: Lemon meringue pie.

Another friend of the US leader said: ‘Trump supported Brexit and liked the idea of Britain being independent and not owned by the EU. He has a general distaste for the EU.

‘He thinks Germany secretly controls it.’ 

Mr Trump is jetting into the UK later today for his highly controversial visit – which i expected to be marred by mass protests in London tomorrow.

The President will only make a flying visit to the capital – and is being whisked away to Blenheim Palace  – Winston Churchill’s ancestral home in Oxfordshire – for a banquet tonight.

The PM is trying to woo the President with dinner of Scottish salmon, English Hereford beef filet and vegetables, and strawberries and clotted cream ice cream. 

He will hold talks with Mrs May at her country retreat at Chequers rather than at No10 in a bid the President away from the tens of thousands of protesters expected to descend on the capital.

Theresa May (pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels today) has made clear she welcomes the 'engagement' between the US president and the Russian president on Monday

Theresa May (pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels today) has made clear she welcomes the 'engagement' between the US president and the Russian president on Monday

Theresa May (pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels today) has made clear she welcomes the ‘engagement’ between the US president and the Russian president on Monday

At Chequers the two leaders will dine on Dover sole, Chiltern lamb and vegetables, and lemon meringue pie.  

May warns Trump not to split NATO when he meets Putin

Mr Trump (pictured with Mrs May in Brussels yesterday) is due to arrive in the UK at lunchtime

Mr Trump (pictured with Mrs May in Brussels yesterday) is due to arrive in the UK at lunchtime

Mr Trump (pictured with Mrs May in Brussels yesterday) is due to arrive in the UK at lunchtime

Theresa May has delivered a stark warning to Donald Trump not to split NATO by appeasing Vladimir Putin when they meet in Helsinki next week.

The Prime Minister made clear she welcomes the ‘engagement’ between the US president and the Russian president on Monday.

But she insisted there must be ‘unity and strength’ in the military alliance and he must not skirt issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia.

The comments came as Mrs May struck a delicate balance at the NATO summit in Brussels ahead of a potentially turbulent visit by Mr Trump to the UK today.   

In remarks released by No10, she said that when it came to dealing with Russia, it was essential to do so from a position of strength underpinned by alliance unity.

‘As we engage Russia we must do so from a position of unity and strength, holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russia needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality,’ she said.

But the trip comes at a tricky time for the two leaders, whose relationship has been rocky.

They are both arriving in the UK following a stormy NATO summit in Brussels where Mr Trump tore into America’s allies for not spending enough money on defence .

And he sparked a major diplomatic row by accusing Germany of being a ‘captive of Russia’ because the country imports nearly all its gas from Moscow.

While Mr Trump sparked anger in the UK earlier this week when he took a swipe at the ‘turmoil’ in British politics.

He also heaped praise on his ‘friend’ Mr Johnson – who had quit the Cabinet and plunged Mrs May’s premiership into turmoil just a day before. 

And he said that his panned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday may be ‘easier’ than his rip to the UK.

No10 immdiately tried to play down the comments – insiting they had taken them as ‘humourous’.

But tensions between the two leaders over Russia and NATO threaten to cast a shadow over the trip.

The PM delivered a stark warning to Mr Trump not to split NATO by appeasing Mr Putin when they meet in Helsinki next week.

The Prime Minister made clear she welcomes the ‘engagement’ between the US president and the Russian president on Monday.

But she insisted there must be ‘unity and strength’ in the military alliance and he must not skirt issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia.   

In remarks released by No10, she said that when it came to dealing with Russia, it was essential to do so from a position of strength underpinned by alliance unity.

‘As we engage Russia we must do so from a position of unity and strength, holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russia needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality,’ she said.

David Davis (pictured in London on Monday) quit the Cabinet saying he cannot support the PM's Brexit plans

David Davis (pictured in London on Monday) quit the Cabinet saying he cannot support the PM's Brexit plans

Boris Johnson (pictured leaving his home in Carlton Terrace yesterday) warned that the PM's Chequers Brexit plan would leave the UK a 'colony' as he sensationally quit

Boris Johnson (pictured leaving his home in Carlton Terrace yesterday) warned that the PM's Chequers Brexit plan would leave the UK a 'colony' as he sensationally quit

The PM’s Government has been plunged into turmoil by the shock resignations of David Davis (pictured left) as Brexit Secretary and Boris Johnson (pictured right) as Foreign Secrtary

In London, Scotland Yard is braced for some of the biggest protests in living memory as tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to pour into London to vent their fury at the President.

A giant baloon depicting Mr Trump as a baby in a nappy will be flown over the capital as part of the protest.

And activits form trade unions and the LAbour grassroots group Momentum are expcted to join the thrng.

Demonstrators have vowed to try to keep Mr Trump up all night by gathering near the large US ambassadorial residence in Regents Park where he will stay tonight, with drums, pots and pans which they will bang. 

The police operation for his trip is expected to cost at least £8 million.    

Source: MailOnline

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