Donald Trump: Theresa May's Brexit plan will 'kill' USA trade deal

Sunday, 15 Jul, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States and Britain could secure a "great" post-Brexit trade deal, lavishing praise on Prime Minister Theresa May and contradicting his own withering assessment of her strategy publicised hours earlier.

He said London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has allowed protesters to raise a giant diaper-clad balloon mocking the USA president next to parliament on Friday, was doing "a bad job" on crime.

It prompted Downing Street to suggest Mr Trump had not read Thursday's White Paper and the Prime Minister would have a change at Chequers to bring him "up to speed".

"Now, for the benefit of all our people, let us work together to build a more prosperous future", May added after calling for a free trade agreement with the USA after Britain leaves the European Union next March.

"I would have done it much differently. She wanted to go a different route". And that is fine. She should negotiate the best way she knows how. He called Crimea "a bad hand" that he was trying to fix, but wouldn't go into details.

During the news conference, Trump claimed he didn't criticize May over Brexit and said he had a "lot of respect" for her.

"It was not the deal that was in the referendum". "I just want the people to be happy". The CNN reporter was told: "CNN is fake news, I don't take questions from fake news. So a lot of people don't like it".

Trump's visit is not a state visit, but has been described as "official", which means there is no pomp and pageantry. It was quickly followed by the resignation of two members of her Cabinet, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis, who did not approve of her approach.

"We are going to be discussing the real opportunities we have got to have this trade deal coming up when we leave the European Union".

Mr Trump was slated to travel to Blenheim Palace yesterday, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill was born.

Trump added that May's "soft" blueprint for the U.K.'s future dealings with the European Union would probably "kill" any future trade deals with the United States.

But Trump poured cold water on May's offer.

US President Donald Trump began a protest-laden trip to Britain Thursday by questioning whether Prime Minister Theresa May will deliver on United Kingdom voters' intentions when they made a decision to quit the European Union.

Trump told The Sun newspaper in an interview published Thursday that he is the descendant of immigrants from Germany and Scotland. He travels to Scotland for a private visit later tomorrow where he will also prepare for his summit in Helsinki with President Putin of Russian Federation.

Complicating matters, Putin's government is accused by May's of unleashing a deadly nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

Whilst Mr Trump's trip is 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 later today he will have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

Protesters were expected to rally during his visit.

Mr Trump's intervention comes at the end of a tumultuous few days for Ms May.

Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election shocked British diplomats in Washington and relations between May, a vicar's daughter, and Trump have been strained at times.

Anti-Trump protesters also showed their disdain outside the U.S. ambassador's residence near Regent's Park.

Mr Trump went further and suggested to the Sun Mr Johnson was "a great representative for your country". A 19-foot-tall orange balloon, shaped to look like a baby version of President Trump, will be flown in central London.

Trump has largely kept away from London - where a large "Baby Trump" balloon is up in the middle of town mocking him.