Donald Trump has described his relationship with the UK as the highest level of special after holding a joint news conference with Theresa May.
Talking from Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country retreat, the US President spoke of his fondness of Mrs May, saying she is doing a “terrific job”.
His comments come after an interview was published in The Sun, where he seemingly criticised May about her Brexit policy, gave his support to Boris Johnson and even suggested a US-UK trade deal wouldn’t happen because it wasn’t the Brexit the UK voted for.
“I didn’t criticise the Prime Minister, it didn’t put in what I said about the Prime Minister, and I said tremendous things about her,” said Trump.
Donald Trump heaped praise on "incredible" Theresa May and hailed UK-US relations as the "highest level of special" hours after incendiary comments criticising her premiership.
After intensive talks at Chequers, the US president told Mrs May "whatever you do is OK with me" but urged her to "make sure we can trade together".
“The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we can trade, that we don’t have any restrictions because we want to trade with them as much as they want to trade with us,” he told reporters.
The President said Mrs May "can't walk away" from exit talks with the European Union, though suggested she could use other methods to secure a good deal.
Speaking in the grounds country residence, Mr Trump said he had given her a suggestion about how to come out on top in the talks but "she found it maybe too brutal".
But he praised Mrs May as a "very tough negotiator" and described her as an "incredible woman" who is "doing a fantastic job".
The US president left Mrs May badly wounded when he criticised her negotiating style, lavished praise on Boris Johnson and attacked her Brexit plan in an interview with The Sun.
He apologised to the PM for the story and said the newspaper left out the good things he had said about her, adding "it's called fake news".
Mr Trump said: "She's a very smart, very tough, very capable person and I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that I can tell you."
The press conference came as thousands gathered in central London to protest against the President’s visit to the UK.
Donald Trump will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle for tea before heading to his Turnberry golf course in Scotland, which will conclude his UK visit.