Newspaper headlines: Trump accuses May of 'wrecking Brexit'

The US president's comments criticising Theresa May's Brexit plan dominate Friday's front pages.

The Sun front page
The Sun carries an exclusive interview with the US president, claiming he has warned Theresa May she may have killed off any chance of a future US trade deal after wrecking Brexit. The paper quotes Donald Trump as saying he told the PM how to do Brexit but she didn't listen.
Daily Mirror front page
Pictures of the US president and the first lady in the UK are splashed across the front pages. "The ego has landed" says the Daily Mirror, which claims he embarrassed Theresa May by attacking her Brexit plan.
Daily Telegraph front page
Mr Trump suggested Mrs May is not delivering the Brexit that British people voted for, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Daily Mail front page
'I thought you Brits wanted Brexit!', is the Daily Mail's take on Mr Trump's comments. The paper describes it as a "characteristically undiplomatic intervention" which "twisted the knife".
The Times front page
Mr Trump's remarks about Brexit are also the lead in the Times. The paper says he added to the prime minister's woes by saying her proposal would leave the country still attached to the EU.
i front page
'Trump flies in to diplomatic storm' is the headline in the i, which says the president's remarks have angered Downing Street.
Metro front page
The Metro features a picture of the US president taking hold of the prime minister's hand as they climbed the steps of Blenheim Palace for a banquet.
Guardian front page
The prime minister will step up her efforts to secure a post-Brexit deal with the United States on Friday, according to the Guardian. The paper also features a story that almost 400,000 children are being treated for mental health problems in England - the highest ever figure.
Financial Times front page
The Financial Times leads with chancellor Philip Hammond defending the government's "watered-down" Brexit plan for financial services, saying it was a "pragmatic solution".
Daily Express front page
The government's blueprint for UK relations with the EU post-Brexit is also the main story in the Daily Express. The paper says Tory MPs were in "open revolt" after the details were revealed.
Daily Star front page
The Daily Star carries a vehement denial from Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon that he sexually assaulted a fan in a record shop in Los Angeles.

The Sun says President Trump has ripped up the diplomatic playbook in their exclusive interview - criticising not only Theresa May's handling of Brexit, but also praising Boris Johnson as a "great" future prime minister.

The first seven pages of the paper are dedicated to its sit-down chat with Mr Trump which it describes as "incendiary", warning it will "pour nitro-glycerine" on the already raging Tory Brexiteer revolt against the prime minister.

Elsewhere in the interview, Mr Trump criticises the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as "terrible" and the president explains why he is spending so little time in London during his visit, saying "when they make you feel uncomfortable, why would I stay there?"

He also voices his fears that immigration into Europe will result in the continent losing its culture.

He tells the paper that allowing millions and millions of people to come very quickly is "very sad" - and that it's changed the fabric of Europe.

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The New York Times describes President Trump's comments as "a remarkable breach of traditional protocol".

It says Mr Trump has put his brand of confrontational and disruptive diplomacy on full display "undercutting Prime Minister Theresa May hours after landing in her country".

It sums up his day as "a global disruption tour unlike anything undertaken by any other recent American leader".

The Washington Post says Mr Trump's comments cast an immediate pall over his visit - and stunned Downing Street.

Donald Trump and the first lady are welcomed by the prime minister at Blenheim Palace

According to Huffpost UK, Downing Street has pulled out all the stops in trying to design an itinerary to put Mr Trump in a good mood during his visit to the UK - a black-tie dinner at Winston Churchill's ancestral home in the gorgeous English countryside, tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle, and golf at his own course in Scotland.

But, it says, an indication of how the prime minister and Mr Trump lack a personal connection is that they are expected to spend just 10 minutes on their own when they meet at Chequers later, before a "working lunch" over Dover sole, Chiltern lamb and meringue pie.

The Daily Mail looks ahead to the meeting between the prime minister and the president at Chequers - when Mrs May's husband Philip will be assigned to look after Melania Trump.

It notes that the 60-year-old Oxford graduate and 48-year-old ex-model will make a very unlikely pairing.

Whereas at home he's the one who puts the bins out, the paper says Mrs Trump doesn't look as if she's in charge of recycling in the White House.

The Times says that Gareth Southgate has opposed the idea of a parade to celebrate England's achievement in reaching the World Cup semi-final, because he does not want the team to be regarded as heroes.

About 200,000 people in Luton welcomed home the last England team to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup in 1990, but the paper says there is little appetite among a tired squad for such an event.

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Date: 12 July 2018 | Source: BBC

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