Trump lobs Brexit verbal grenade at May

Dylan Martinez  Reuters
Dylan Martinez Reuters

14 July, 2018

But 51% again say that the USA president is untrustworthy to negotiate a trade deal with, including 38% who say he is "very untrustworthy".

It was already clear that British hopes of a full free-trade deal with the United States could be complicated by May's plan, since it envisages that Britain would observe European rules on goods and agricultural products. Did Trump criticize Prime Minister Theresa May, or was it "fake news"? In an interview with the Sun, Trump said that May's Brexit plan could jeopardize a future trade agreement with the US.

"Brexit is about whether, for centuries to come, we are to be an independent, sovereign, democratic nation that stands on its own two feet, makes its own laws, controls its own borders, and does its own bilateral deals around the world", the veteran MEP told Breitbart News Network Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow.

"I told her how to do it".

"She is a tremendous woman, I really look forward to meeting her, I think she represents her country so well".

While she noted May would probably keep silent, she said: "Many will be cheering if she tells @realDonaldTrump where he can stick his dog whistle".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday on BFM television that Trump "can't tolerate that there is an ensemble called the European Union".

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Trump also said that Boris Johnson, who had resigned as foreign secretary on Monday in protest of May's recent announcement of a plan for Brexit, was "a very talented guy" who "would be a great prime minister". The US president and his wife were given a red-carpet reception at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Thursday evening. "I think he's got what it takes and I think he has got the right attitude to be a great Prime Minister", he said. "But it is too bad what is going on", the president said.

Trump's comments saw the value of the pound plunge on currency markets.

"At some stage in the future, there may need to be checks that don't now exist", he said.

The PM and Trump held a joint press conference this afternoon, where he called their summit "very productive".

"Given that the president took a question from a CNN reporter in his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation news conference just a day earlier, maybe he was letting off steam today rather than expressing an official stance toward a news organization's ability to report, but saying a news organization isn't real doesn't change the facts and won't stop us from doing our jobs".

"I have a lot of respect for the prime minister", Trump said. "I think he feels that the USA administration has been very badly let down".

The second day of Trump's visit to the United Kingdom was marked by mass protests across Britain, with a huge blimp depicting him as a baby wearing a nappy flown by demonstrators in London. The two politicians have clashed on Twitter over Trump's ban on immigrants from several mostly Muslim countries and on the president's views on crime and terrorism in Britain.

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