On the second day of his visit to London, United States President Barack Obama stayed with the script of his visit – telling the British to vote to stay in the European Union in the June 23 in-out referendum, or fall “back of the queue” in trade deals with the US.
Later, he played his first overseas golf round as president, joining Prime Minister David Cameron at The Grove, which will host the British Masters this year.
Mr Obama said the greatest allies in the fight against terrorism were Muslim Americans.
Barack Obama has had a busy morning.
The US President was given a rock star welcome by more than 500 young British people at a “town hall” style question and answer event in London.
Asked about skills in dealing with political opponents and finding middle ground, Mr Obama said: “If you spend time with people who just agree with you, you become even more extreme in your convictions”.
Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle Obama visited the Globe Theatre where a travelling group of Shakespearian actors have returned to the Globe on Shakespeare’s centenary day after a two-year world tour in which they enacted Hamlet in diverse locations. “Precisely because I have a confidence in the UK, and I know that if we are not working effectively with Paris or Brussels then those attacks are going to migrate to the United States and to London, I want one of my strongest partners in that conversation”.Many Brits who favor the UK’s exit – known as “Brexit” – from the 28-nation bloc were unhappy with Obama’s strong tone.
Maria Munir urged the British and American governments to “take us seriously as transgender people”.
But he added: “I’ll look at a scorecard at the end…”
The US president is also holding talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday, a day after seeing the prime minister in Downing Street.
Asked what they discussed, the Labour politician said: “The challenges facing post-industrial societies and the power of global corporations and the increasing use of technology around the world and the effect that has”.
“It will be hard to say from the polls whether his intervention made a significant difference but I think that it creates a narrative which appears to be favouring the “Remain” campaign”, he said. “They agreed that the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union”, a White House source said.
In February, Corbyn said Labour opposed “dangerous elements” in the negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.