Trump Denies Slamming the 'American Princess'

And other tidbits before the president visits Europe
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
Trump Denies Slamming the 'American Princess'
In this Friday, July 13, 2018 file photo, President Trump and Queen Elizabeth inspect the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

Like a bull who keeps returning to the china shop, President Donald Trump is headed back to Europe, where on previous visits he has strained historic friendships and insulted his hosts. This time, he faces an ally in turmoil and a global call to renew democratic pacts, the AP reports. The agenda for Trump's weeklong journey is both ceremonial and official: a state visit and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II in London, D-Day commemoration ceremonies on both sides of the English Channel and his first presidential visit to Ireland, which will include a stay at his coastal golf club. But the president will arrive at a precarious moment, as he faces a fresh round of impeachment fervor back home and uncertainty on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. For more:

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May will step down days after Trump visits, and French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to use the 75th anniversary of the World War II battle that turned the tide in Europe to call for strengthening the multinational ties the US president has frayed.
  • Trump will make his first presidential visit to Ireland on Wednesday, but things there are already complicated. The president wanted his Irish counterpart to meet him at Trump's club in Doonbeg, but after Dublin balked, a deal was struck for Trump to meet Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at Shannon's airport.
  • On the lighter side, Trump is now denying he fired off an insult at Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. He tweeted Sunday: "I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty.' Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold!" The Sun, which reported the quote, posted the audio of the interview on its website.
(Read more President Trump stories.)

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