Queen Elizabeth greets Trump for first visit to UK as president
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Queen Elizabeth II welcomed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE to Windsor Castle on Friday, as part of his first official visit with the British monarch.

The president, joined by wife Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85 MORE, shared smiles and a handshake with the queen before standing alongside her as "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played.

Trump and the queen then stood for a pomp and circumstance-filled ceremony, reviewing troops and entering the royal residence to share a cup of tea together.

Ahead of his meeting with the queen, Trump had heaped praise on the monarch.


“I really look forward to meeting her,” Trump told the right-leaning British tabloid, The Sun. In the same freewheeling interview with the outlet, he also sharply criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May over her strategy for exiting the European Union (EU). 

“I think she represents her country so well,” Trump said of Elizabeth.

“If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don’t see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman.”

Melania Trump is also a “tremendous fan” of the 92-year-old royal, Trump told the newspaper. 

As queen, Elizabeth has met 11 sitting American presidents, according to Kensington Palace. Most recently, she greeted former- resident Obama and his wife, Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama attends UNC-Duke basketball game Obama introduces himself as 'Michelle's husband' at leadership forum The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE, at Windsor Castle in 2016.

The queen made headlines earlier this year when she compared Trump to a noisy helicopter, quipping that the commander in chief goes “round and round when you want to talk.”

“Sounds like President Trump,” the royal remarked when an aircraft interrupted her on-camera interview for a British documentary. “Or President Obama,” she added.

According to the British royal family's official website, the queen as head of state “has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, unable to vote or stand for election.”