THE Queen bid Donald Trump farewell yesterday, saying: ‘I hope you come to this country again soon.’
The US president hailed his three-day state visit as an ‘incredible success’ as he joined the monarch and Prince Charles in Portsmouth at a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
After speaking to some of the World War II veterans who fought on the Normandy beaches, Mr Trump posed for a photo with the Queen and told her: ‘It was a great honour to be with you.’
Her Majesty replied: ‘I hope you come to this country again soon.’
Mr Trump was heard saying: ‘Great woman. Great, great woman,’ as he and his wife Melania headed to Southampton airport for their Air Force One flight to Ireland.
And on Twitter, he wrote: ‘Could not have been treated more warmly in the United Kingdom by the Royal Family or the people. Our relationship has never been better.’
The president’s parting comments came after he predicted a ‘very big trade deal down the road’ between Britain and the US — but made a sharp U-turn on his controversial claim that the NHS would be ‘on the table’ in trade negotiations.
In a TV interview with Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, he said: ‘I don’t see it being on the table.’
The president also revealed that Prince Charles pressed him on the subject of climate change when they had tea together.
Mr Trump, who has previously claimed that global warming is a hoax by the Chinese government, said: ‘He is really into climate change, and I think that’s great.
‘He wants to make sure future generations have climate that is good climate as opposed to a disaster. And I agree.’
Mr Morgan also presented him with a monogrammed Homburg hat similar to that worn by Sir Winston Churchill. Trying it on, Mr Trump joked: ‘I think Winston looked much better in this.’
Later, Mr and Mrs Trump arrived in Ireland for a two-night stay — his first official visit there.
The president held a bilateral meeting with Irish premier Leo Varadkar at Shannon airport before heading to his Doonbeg hotel and golf resort in Co. Clare.
He was due to attend D-Day ceremonies in France today then spend a second night in Ireland before flying back to Washington.