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Opponents of US President Donald Trump inflated a 6-meter (20-foot) blimp of the US leader as an orange, diaper-wearing baby carrying cellphone next to British parliament on Friday.

Trump and his wife, Melania, met British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip for a formal dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday.

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", Trump said.

On Thursday, Trump told a press conference in Brussels Russian President Vladimir Putin is not an "enemy" but rather a "competitor", according to Time. She also plans to shift the focus during the rest of Mr. Trump's visit, hoping to steer him toward talk about trade and the growing threat of Russian Federation.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said Mr Trump was "determined to insult" Mrs May.

After his comments overnight about his British government hosts, you wouldn't think Donald Trump would be the one to take offence. He was decidedly critical of May and her Brexit plan, saying he "would have done it much differently".

He said that the decision to reach two per cent, which had been very hard to achieve in Bulgaria, would be fulfilled in the term of office of the next government, Radev said.

Organizers have been given permission to float a giant balloon depicting Mr. Trump as a baby and they've already declared victory by noting that the President is largely avoiding London during his visit.

Mr Trump stated his commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, speaking after reports that he had warned leaders that the United States could pull out of the alliance if other members failed to increase their contributions.

Trump threatens to pull United States out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
But not before Merkel and other top officials in the German government had publicly fired back at Trump's breakfast diatribe. Trump this week reportedly floated a spending commitment of 4 percent of GDP, which is more than even the USA pays.

During the news conference Friday, Trump and May dismissed criticism he shared of the prime minister during The Sun interview. "I think he is a great representative for your country".

Trump tweeted that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 percent of their gross domestic product on defense - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

The comments marked Trump's latest attempt to set the stage for his meeting with Putin, with a combination of tough talk and suggestions of future improved ties.

But Macron disputed Trump's claims, saying that the joint statement the leaders had signed went no further than what had previously been agreed, apart from setting out how some countries plan to get there. "I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", Trump said.

But on Friday, Trump said that after speaking with May and her advisers he had been convinced a trade deal "absolutely will be possible".

The president also described Putin as his "competitor".

"Whats clear about some of things he has said and some of his policies is many people in this country find them objectionable".

"I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad", he said.

"I know Londoners are resolutely opposed to the politics of fear and despair".

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