Trump calls his Theresa May Brexit criticism 'fake news'

President Donald Trump on Friday attempted to clean up his criticism of British Prime Minister Theresa May and the country’s Brexit negotiations by blaming the “fake news.”

“It didn’t put what I said about the prime minister,” Trump said during a news conference with May, referring to an interview he’d given The Sun, a British tabloid. “It’s called fake news.”

The Sun is owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who also owns the Trump-friendly Fox News.

Although Trump had said earlier that May’s policies might kill U.S.-British trade deals, he suggested on Friday that he would accept whatever deal as long as “we can trade together.”

“I think she’s doing a tremendous job,” Trump said of May, insisting that he’d said “tremendous things.”

In his opening remarks, he also turned to May and told her that “whatever you’re gonna do, it’s OK with us,” backpedaling on earlier remarks slamming her.

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Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
A demonstrator wearing a cap takes part in an anti-Trump protest in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
A demonstrator carrying an anti-Trump billboard walks along a street during a protest in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
A man who gave his name as Kevin (L) and was born in the USA but living in London for 21 years makes a protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Women, from a number of different protest groups, take part in an anti-Trump demonstration in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Women, from a number of different protest groups, take part in an anti-Trump demonstration in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Women, from a number of different protest groups, take part in an anti-Trump demonstration in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Women and men, from a number of different protest groups, take part in an anti-Trump demonstration in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
A protester carries an umbrella during an anti-Trump demonstration in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Women, from a number of different protest groups, take part in an anti-Trump demonstration in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A balloon portraying U.S. President Donald Trump as a baby is attached to a man's rucksack during a protest in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers talk to demonstrators preparing to protest in Parliament Square, during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers talk to demonstrators preparing to protest in Parliament Square, during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators prepare to protest in Parliament Square, during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Pro-Trump demonstrators protest outside the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are attending a dinner with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Demonstrators protest outside the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are attending a dinner with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Demonstrators protest outside the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are attending a dinner with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Demonstrators protest outside the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are attending a dinner with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators protest outside the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are attending a dinner with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Demonstrators protest outside the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are attending a dinner with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators protest outside the grounds of Blenheim Palace, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are attending a dinner with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the U.S. ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are staying, in London, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the U.S. ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are staying, in London, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the U.S. ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are staying, in London, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the U.S. ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are staying, in London, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the U.S. ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are staying, in London, Britain, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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