Friday, June 21

Trump denies fist bumping Queen



Donald Trump says he had “automatic chemistry” with the Queen, following his three-day state visit to the UK earlier this week.

The US president, 72, made the boast to Fox News’ talk show host Laura Ingraham, while he was at the Normandy American cemetery to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Mr Trump said: “The meeting with the Queen was incredible. I think I can say I really got to know her because I sat with her many times and we had automatic chemistry.”

He described the 93-year-old monarch as a “spectacular woman”.

The former businessman also denied claims he fist bumped the Queen as they greeted one another at Buckingham Palace on Monday.

“I did not, but I had a great relationship, we had a really great time,” he says.

“There are those that say they have never seen the Queen have a better time, a more animated time.”

“We had a period where we were talking solid, straight, I didn’t even know who the other people at the table were, never spoke to them,” Trump claimed.

Accompanied by his wife Melania and four of his children, the president was given a ceremonial welcome as he landed in the UK on Monday for the state visit.

This was followed by a private lunch with the Queen and members of the Royal Family.

The Trumps were then given a tour of Westminster Abbey, before joining the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House for tea.

A state banquet took place at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening.

On day two, Mr Trump attended a breakfast business meeting and press conference with prime minister Theresa May.

He then hosted Prince Charles and Camilla at Winfield House, the US ambassador’s London residence.

On the final day, the president and first lady joined the Queen and Prince Charles in Portsmouth for commemorative events.