US news savages Trump over Brexit interview ahead of May talks
The New York Times said he had shoved the ‘teetering’ Government.
Donald Trump’s explosive interview with The Sun has been criticised by many US news websites and newspapers.
Mr Trump spoke to The Sun in Brussels ahead of his arrival in London on Thursday, warning Theresa May over Brexit and immigration, and being supportive of ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
He is holding what are now likely to be tense talks with Mrs May at Chequers on Friday.
The New York Times ran a website headline saying: “With May’s Government Teetering, Trump Gives It a Shove”.
It accused the US president of “publicly undercutting Prime Minister Theresa May”, adding: “Coming after his combative performance in Brussels with leaders of the 28 other Nato nations, the day amounted to a global disruption tour unlike anything undertaken by any other recent American president.”
The Washington Post, which has often found itself being publicly attacked by the combative political leader, said it had “cast an immediate pall” over a visit in which he had been shown the red carpet treatment.
It added: “It was the latest international incident to erupt during Trump’s brief sojourn abroad, which kicked off with incendiary comments that upended a Nato summit in Brussels and further strained relationships with longtime US allies.”
The New York Post, an often colourful tabloid newspaper, ran a front page banner channelling punk band the Sex Pistols with a headline of “Donarchy in the UK”.
It was accompanied by a photograph showing Donald and Melania Trump and Mrs May and her husband Philip at Blenheim Palace on Thursday evening.
The Huffington Post headline highlighted the president’s remarks on immigration and terror attacks, saying: “Trump storms UK: blasts May, goes full racist.”
CNN said that Mr Trump had “savaged” Mrs May with a “Brexit bomb” before going to meet her, saying: “Trump’s interview published Thursday amounted to a stunning diplomatic affront for a visiting US president, emerging while Trump was still at a gala dinner May threw in honor of his visit.”
Fox News, the supportive network Mr Trump is known to watch extensively, called him the “Disruptor in chief”, saying he had delivered a “bombshell interview” that had “thrown fuel onto the country’s already fiery political debate”.