DONALD Trump has denied being late to meet the Queen during his visit to the UK – and instead claims she was the one who kept him waiting.
The US president was speaking about his trip to Britain last month during a passionate campaign rally in Pennsylvania last night.
AP:Associated Press Donald Trump denies being late to meet the Queen during his UK visit last month
He blasted the media as “fake, fake disgusting news” amid reports he had been late for his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and that he had overstayed his welcome.
Mr Trump told the crowd: “I was asked to have tea with the Queen, who is incredible by the way. Incredible.
“I landed [and] I’m on the ground and I’m waiting with the King’s and 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.
AFP or licensors The US president was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania last night
“Hey, it’s the Queen, right? We can wait. But I’m a little early.”
The billionaire continues: “So, I then go up and meet the Queen and she is fantastic. We then go up and we have tea.
“And 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 we got along fantastically well. But the time went by – you know, sometimes you get along and the time goes by.
“So here was the story by the fake news: The president was 15 minutes late for the Queen. Wrong.
“And then, here’s the rest of the story: The president overstayed. So I was late and I overstayed. But honestly, folks, it was such a beautiful, beautiful visit and afternoon.
“But they can make anything bad because they are the fake, fake, disgusting news.”
Earlier, he said he had “great respect for the UK – the United Kingdom. Great respect.”
He then explained: “People call it ‘Britain’, they call it ‘Great Britain’. They used to call it ‘England’, different parts. But the UK – great respect.”
During the rally, Mr Trump repeatedly denounced the press for underselling his accomplishments and doubting his political rise.
He tore into the media for diminishing what he accomplished at his Singapore summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.
He complained about the tough questioning he received in Helsinki when he met with Russia’s Vladimir Putin last month.
And he began his rally speech with a 10-minute remembrance of his 2016 election night victory, bemoaning that Pennsylvania wasn’t the state to clinch the White House for him only because “the fake news refused to call it.”
It came just hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to distance herself from Mr Trump’s previous assertions that the media is the “enemy” of the American people.
Pressed during a White House briefing on the issue, Sanders said Trump “has made his position known.”
In a heated exchange with reporters, she recited a litany of complaints against the press and blamed the media for inflaming tensions in the country.