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‘Fake news’: Trump denies criticising Theresa May in UK newspaper interview

US President Donald Trump insists that he did not criticise British Prime Minister Theresa May during an interview this week with The Sun newspaper in which he questioned the UK leader's handling of Brexit.

"It's called fake news," Mr Trump declared.

During a joint news conference with Ms May, Mr Trump said he had "a lot of respect for the Prime Minister".

The President said the newspaper didn't include the "tremendous things" he said about Ms May in the interview.

"Unfortunately, there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn't put in what I said about the Prime Minister and I said a tremendous thing," he said.

Theresa May also glossed over the comments.

Mr Trump said Ms May would make a decision on how to handle Brexit, but he wanted to ensure the US "can trade and we don't have any restrictions" on commerce with the United Kingdom.

The two leaders say they hope to soon pursue a bilateral trade agreement.

"We agreed today that as the UK leaves the European Union we will pursue an ambitious US-UK free trade agreement," she said.

"The Chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to pursue an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies."

Ms May also thanked the US President for his support over Russia, which Britain has blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in south-west England in March.

Mr Trump is due to meet Vladimir Putin, who has rejected the nerve agent claims, at a summit when he finishes his four-day visit to Britain.

AP/Reuters

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