Trump: 'I don't see any protests' in London, so they're fake news

As thousands of protesters flooded the streets of London to rally against President Trump’s state visit to the U.K., Trump dismissed reports of the demonstrations as “fake news” and “very, very small.”

When asked by a Sky News reporter about a protest rally at Trafalgar Square, Trump, holding a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, responded, “I don’t see any protests.”

“We left the prime minister, the queen, the royal family, there were thousands of people on the streets cheering, and even coming over today, there were thousands of people cheering,” he said.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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President Donald Trump is greeted by an honor guard as he and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
President Donald Trump waves with first lady Melania Trump as they arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Marine One at Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador, in London on June 3, 2019, as they arrive to begin a three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Police and security personnel survey the area from the top of Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador, in London on June 3, 2019, as US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Marine One to begin a three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Marine One flies past BT Tower as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) walk toward the Marine One helicopter after arriving at Stansted Airport, north of London on June 3, 2018, to begin a three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Isabel Infantes / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
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Over two dozen anti-Trump protests were planned throughout London for the president’s visit. They included a British protest group projecting a red MAGA-esque cap with the words “USS John S. McCain” on Madame Tussauds wax museum and an image of Trump’s approval ratings beside those of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

Instead of protesters, Trump said he had seen people waving American and British flags, describing the scene as “an alliance.”

“And then I heard that there were protests,” he said. “I don’t see any protests.”

He added: “I didn’t see the protesters until just a little while ago, and it was a very, very small group of people put in for political reasons. So it was fake news.”

There was audible “booing” as Trump and May exited 10 Downing St. for their short walk to the courtyard where their press conference was held.

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But in London, while there were fewer participants than during Trump’s last U.K. visit in 2018, which gathered upward of 250,000 protesters, rallygoers showed up en masse and and flew a giant “Trump baby” balloon over Parliament Square as they protested the president’s immigration policies, stance on the Paris Agreement on climate change and insults of London Mayor Sadiq Kahn and Meghan Markle prior to and during his visit.

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