Donald Trump slams Theresa May's Brexit negotiations in United Kingdom interview

Roman Schwartz
July 13, 2018

Banks and insurers in the City of London have been playing it safe by moving staff and opening hubs in the European Union to make sure they still have access irrespective of the shape of Britain's new trading relationship with the bloc post Brexit.

He told The Sun Mrs May's plan would affect trade "unfortunately in a negative way".

The plans laid out in a 98-page government paper give Britain's most detailed answer yet to the question of what will replace them.

May has previously said she does not believe her Brexit plans should rule out a trade deal with the United States.

"I'm not pitting one against the other", Trump said.

The timing of the comments added to the awkwardness.

She pressed Trump about the deal on Thursday at a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill.

Addressing the 100-strong group the Prime Minister said there was an "unprecedented" opportunity to do a deal that boosted jobs and growth in both countries.

British Prime Minster Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump walk across the courtyard at Blenheim Palace, where they are attending a dinner with specially invited guests and business leaders, near Oxford, Britain, July 12, 2018.

Khan earlier urged Londoners to keep Friday's main protest "peaceful and good-spirited", saying the message went broader than Trump. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me.

Melania Trump looked stunning as she stepped out in a yellow ball gown. And that is fine.

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But many Brexit supporters have cast May's negotiation as a betrayal, including lawmakers in her own deeply divided party, who have warned May might face a leadership challenge. "But it is too bad what is going on", the president said.

Of Johnson, he said: "I have a lot of respect for Boris".

Asked about Johnson, Trump said: "I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point".

Referring to planned protests today, Trump added: "I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important".

The government promises that the new terms "would maintain the economic benefits of cross-border provision of the most important global financial services traded between the United Kingdom and the European Union. while preserving regulatory and supervisory cooperation, and maintaining financial stability, market integrity and consumer protection". I have just been hearing this over the last three days.

Such harsh public criticism by a sitting us president of a British prime minister while on a visit to the United Kingdom publicly undermines May in her party, her country and overseas. "I mean, the list goes on", he said.

US President Donald Trump is expected to adopt a softer tone than the one he set earlier this week at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit when he takes tea with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

While Trump's trip was not the full state visit he was originally promised, he was heralded by military bands on his arrival in the country and at Blenheim, and he is scheduled on Friday to have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

Looking at the reception to May's paper from the Tory leader's own party, the Guardian reported that "almost all the reaction from Conservative MPs was either sceptical, or downright hostile", noting particular "alarm" being expressed over the role that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) looks set to continue playing in Britain's affairs post-Brexit. "As he said in his interview with the Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her, '" Sanders said in a statement.

Mrs May is still pressing on with her Brexit plan despite the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson. His remarks on Brexit came the same day May's government published long-awaited proposals for Britain's relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc next year.

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