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Friday, July 13, 2018

In UK, Trump throws fuel onto Britain's fiery political debate over Brexit

in the U.K. and in his interview said that Johnson could be a future leader.

“Well I am not pitting one against the other,” he said. “I am just saying that he would be a great Prime Minister. I think he’s got what it takes.”

In the interview, he also declared that Britain is “losing its culture” due to mass migration and accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of having done “a very bad job on terrorism.”

The White House quickly sent out a statement in the wake of the interview, playing up ties between May and Trump.

"The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much. As he said in his interview with the Sun she 'is a very good person' and he 'never said anything bad about her,'" White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “He thought she was great on NATO today and is a really terrific person. He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K.”

Trump’s interview dominated the country’s TV and radio discussions, MPs Twitter feeds, and the newspaper headlines -- all focusing on Trump’s opening salvo against May.

“May’s Brexit will kill US trade deal, says Trump,” ran The Times of London.

“President’s Brexit attack on May,” The Daily Mail declared.

“May has wrecked Brexit...US deal is off!” ran The Sun, which also featured Trump coverage on seven of its pages.

In London, the prime minister’s allies desperately tried to blunt the damage of what has been a chaotic week for May as she struggles to keep her cabinet and party united over Brexit.

"Donald Trump is in many ways a controversialist, that's his style, that's the color he brings to the world stage. He is that sense very unconventional. I don't think we see it as rude,” Tory MP Alan Duncan said on BBC Radio 4 as he fended off claims by Labour MPs that Trump had insulted May.

Trump met with May Friday morning and will hold a press conference with her later in the day, where his interview and his views on Brexit are likely to be one of the key topics. He will also meet with Queen Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, two separate protests were being planned through London to push back against his visit, expected to draw tens of thousands of marchers, with at least one rally featuring a “Trump baby” balloon which has been approved to fly over Parliament Square. A pro-Trump rally is planned for Saturday outside the U.S. Embassy.

Fox News' Serafin Gomez contributed to this report.

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering U.S. and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached here.