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Trump's Account of Tea With Queen Irks Brits

He claims he arrived early despite contrary reports
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2018 10:15 AM CDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets with President Trump and first lady Melania at Windsor Castle on July 13.   (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)

(Newser) – There was plenty to digest after President Trump's Thursday campaign rally in which he railed against the media, though his comments on the queen are getting particular attention. Citing news reports claiming he arrived 12 minutes late and stayed beyond the allotted time while meeting Queen Elizabeth II for tea at Windsor Castle last month, Trump said the media "can make anything bad because they are the fake, fake disgusting news," per the Telegraph. Trump added he'd actually had "a beautiful, beautiful visit" with the queen, even though she'd kept him waiting.

"I had landed and I'm on the ground and I'm waiting with the king's and with the queen's guards—wonderful people. I'm waiting! I was about 15 minutes early and I'm waiting with my wife and that's fine. Hey, it's the queen, right? We can wait," Trump said, per the Washington Post. Of the meeting, he added, "I didn't know this—it was supposed to last 15 minutes but it lasted like an hour. Because we got along. And she liked our first lady and our first lady liked her." But the media packaged it as "the president was 15 minutes late for the queen. ...Wrong!" he said. Per the Post, Brits aren't buying what Trump is selling. "WE ALL SAW THE NEWS CLIPS. You were LATE!!!" reads one typical comment online. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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