Donald Trump paid tribute to the “eternal friendship” between the US and UK as he was honoured with a state banquet at Buckingham Palace alongside the Queen. Mr Trump said both he and First Lady Melania Trump were “profoundly honoured” to be extended the invitation.
The grand occasion brought the curtain down on an eventful first day of the US president’s three-day trip.
The Telegraph reports that the ceremonial welcome, which included a private lunch and a guided tour of the Royal Collection, was played out against a fiery backdrop after Mr Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan had traded blows.
The president wasted no time in getting his state visit started, unleashing a flurry of tweets criticising London Mayor Sadiq Khan before Air Force One had even touched down. Tweeting while still in the air over Stansted Airport, he called Mr Khan a “stone cold loser”, saying he had done a “terrible job” as mayor after the mayor on Sunday described the president as “just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat” and compared the language he has used to that of the “fascists of the 20th century”.
But The president’s mood appeared to mellow over the day, and this evening he said: “London part of trip is going really well. The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic. The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong.
He added that “a big trade deal is possible once U.K gets rid of the shackles” of the EU.