Donald Trump claims key piece of information about his meeting with the Queen is totally false

Donald Trump claims key piece of information about his meeting with the Queen is totally false

Last month, Donald Trump made his first official visit to the UK - much to the displeasure of a few million Brits. While over there, he had dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May, played some golf amidst mass protests, and managed to turn up late for his meeting with the Queen.

Or, at least, that's what reports said at the time.

Now, in a blistering rant, the president has claimed that he was actually early to his meeting with Elizabeth II, and any reports to the contrary were actually just "fake, fake, disgusting news".

While speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania last night, he gave details of his time in the UK. It started off as a fairly complimentary anecdote, but - in true Trump fashion - it quickly descended into a tirade against the free press.

"I was asked to have tea with the Queen, who is incredible by the way. Incredible," he began.

"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. Hey, it's the Queen, right? We can wait. But I'm a little early.

"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."

And then the story got the ol' Trump spin:

"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."

What's more, the president then went on to give a totally false account of the name of the country. "People call it 'Britain', they call it 'Great Britain'," he said. "They used to call it 'England', different parts. But the UK - great respect."

Of course, Great Britain, the UK, the British Isles, and England are all different things, and Trump - as the so-called leader of the free world - really ought to be aware of that. But hey, knowing him, he'll probably say that all of it is always called Britain, and that anyone who dares to suggest otherwise is just "fake news".

As usual, then, it's Trump's word against everybody else's. Perhaps someone will come forward with evidence to the contrary, but - at this point - it doesn't really matter. The president has been blocking valid criticisms of himself left and right with his "fake news" line since the start of his term in office, and is likely to continue to do so for as long as we let him.

Even so, how great would it be if the Queen clapped back at him? Now that, I'd like to see.