Thursday 22 February 2018

Trump says he still hopes Meghan Markle and Harry 'are happy' despite her calling him a 'misogynist'

Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance in Cardiff (Ben Birchall/PA)
Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance in Cardiff (Ben Birchall/PA)

US president Donald Trump has said he is not aware of any invitation for him to attend Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle.

In a wide-ranging interview with Piers Morgan, Mr Trump replied "not that I know of" when asked if he was given an invite.

Harry's nuptials with the American actress have captured the imagination of her compatriots and will be seen to strengthen the bond between the UK and the US.

But Markle has been a vocal critic of former reality star Mr Trump, backing his rival Hillary Clinton and suggesting before the 2016 election she would leave the US if he won.

Donald Trump Matt Cardy/PA Wire
Donald Trump Matt Cardy/PA Wire

Asked if he would like to go to the royal wedding in May at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel, Mr Trump simply said: "I want them to be happy. I really want them to be happy.

"They look like a lovely couple."

When Morgan pointed out she had labelled the billionaire "divisive" and a "misogynist", he said: "Well, I still hope they're happy."

Morgan also pressed the president on his social media habit, confirming he often tweets himself but will delegate if he is busy.

He said: "Well, perhaps sometimes in bed, and perhaps sometimes at breakfast, or lunch, or whatever.

"But generally speaking, during the early morning or during the evening, I can do that.

"But if I'm very busy during the day ... and I'll sometimes just dictate out something really quickly, and I'll give it to one of my people to put it on."

The president also offered hope that the US could come back in from the cold after opting out of the Paris Accord on climate change, a decision that drew scorn from the international community and "disappointment" from Prime Minister Theresa May.

He said: "The Paris Accord, for us, would have been a disaster.

"I'm completely out of it.

"First of all, it was a terrible deal for the United States. If they made a good deal ... there's always a chance we'd get back.

"But, it was a terrible deal for the United States. It was unfair to the United States.

"If somebody said, go back into the Paris Accord, it would have to be a completely different deal because we had a horrible deal.

"Would I go back in? Yeah, I'd go back in. I like, as you know, I like Emmanuel (Macron, French president). I would love to, but it's got to be a good deal for the United States."

Mr Trump also gave his views on climate change, saying he believes in clean air and good cleanliness generally.

He said: "There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming.

"That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place.

"The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they're setting records. They're at a record level."

According to a Nasa analysis in March last year, the sea ice levels in the Arctic reached a record lowest extent during winter and in the same month the sea ice around Antarctica reached its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites at the end of the Southern Hemisphere summer.

President Trump - The Piers Morgan Interview airs on Sunday on ITV at 10pm.

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