After a highly successful NATO summit in Belgium as claimed by President Trump and perhaps true for the United States, he has landed in the UK for a four day visit. Within hours of his visit, President Trump has detonated a diplomatic bombshell, criticising UK PM May’s soft approach regarding Brexit in an interview with The Sun.
U.S. President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if London went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union. The UK is thinking of maintaining open borders with Europe while seeking more political autonomy. President Trump said May’s above mentioned plans would leave it too close the the EU and the United States will be dealing with EU instead of the UK, which would ‘probably kill the deal’.
Trump went on to criticize PM May for ignoring his advice on Brexit, “I would have done it much differently,” he told the Sun. “I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me.”
His comments came at the end of a tumultuous few days for May, during which two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the EU after Britain leaves the bloc next March.
Trump went on to say that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned over Brexit disputes “would be a great Prime Minister.”
The story created a bombshell – White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders had to issue a statement stating he “likes and respects Prime Minister May very much,” adding that he said in the interview she “is a very good person,” and that he “never said anything bad about her.”
The President is due to meet PM May for lunch today.
A number of protests are also being planned for the day. Thousands protested yesterday as well, which made the President feel ‘unwelcome’. “But, I think the real Britons like me’, he added.
With inputs from Reuters