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Trump says May's Brexit plan could kill hope of US trade deal

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  1. Sherlōck High Functioning Sociopath

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    Against the backdrop of protests, Trump directly criticises PM May as he kicks off his working visit to the UK.


    US President Donald Trump directly criticised UK Prime Minister "soft Brexit" strategy, saying it could "kill" chances of a US-UK trade deal in a wide-ranging interview published on the first day of his British tour.

    Speaking to the UK tabloid The Sun, Trump said a potential trade deal would "most likely" fail if May's strategy was implemented because the US would be "dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK".

    "If they do that, their trade deal with the US will probably not be made because we have enough difficulty with the European Union," Trump told The Sun.

    He also said he told "how to do it", but that she "didn't listen" and "wanted to go a different route".

    The comments were published on Thursday as May hosted an elaborate state dinner for the president and his wife Melania in honour of their arrival in the country.

    It's a blow May doesn't need as she tries to sell her Brexit strategy to Tory conservatives, many of whom say it doesn't secure British independence from the

    Asked about the comments, a spokesperson said May was "looking forward to sitting down with Trump to talk him through the Brexit negotiating stance".

    After The Sun story was published, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the president "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".

    'Boris Johnson would be a great PM'

    In another setback, however, Trump also praised the plan's chief critic, Brexiteer Boris Johnson, saying he was "a very talented guy".

    "I'm just saying I think he would be a great prime minister," Trump told The Sun.

    "I think he's got what it takes, and I think he's got the right attitude to be a great prime minister."

    Johnson was one of a handful of top party officials, including Brexit Minister David Davis who have resigned in the wake of the deal, which May had claimed was agreed upon after a twelve-hour crisis meeting last Friday.

    May has defended the plan, saying it delivers "on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders."

    Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Chequers where Trump and May are meeting on Friday, said "you have to ask yourself, who is likely to benefit from Trump saying any deal would likely be off if May's Brexit strategy was implemented".

    "Clearly, the really hard Brexiters, the people who regard Theresa May as being a traitor, for keeping any sort of deal going with the EU, they're going to love this," Lee said.

    "But the other people who will be saying this is really good news for us are the 'remainers' in the European Union, because when the UK delegation goes to Brussels next week to sell the idea that it's going to be really difficult for the EU to resist the temptation to say to them 'look, you think dealing with us is difficult, how do you feel about dealing with him?'"

    Blaming immigration for violence is 'preposterous'

    Trump also commented on immigration policies as protests continue back home against his hardline immigration strategy, which saw the separation of parents from their children.

    "I think the immigration, allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame," he said.

    "I think it changed the fabric of Europe, and unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was, and I don't mean that in a positive way. So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you're losing your culture."

    He also criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, blaming him for recent attacks and violence.

    "I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism," Trump told the tabloid. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in."

    Responding to the comments, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was preposterous to blame a rise in violent crime in the city on immigration.

    "The idea that you can blame this on immigration from Africa is I think preposterous and we should call him out when he does so," Khan told the BBC on Friday.

    'Angry Trump baby' balloon lifted over London

    May and Trump will formally meet for talks on Friday.

    On Thursday night, hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the US ambassador's residence where Trump was staying on the outskirts of London, providing a preview of the large protests expected on Friday.

    Trump told The Sun he felt unwelcome because of the protests, including plans to fly a giant balloon over Parliament on Friday that depicts him as an angry baby.

    Organisers behind the giant six-metre-high balloon were given permission by London's city hall to fly the balloon over parliament square gardens. They raised 18,000 British pounds (almost $24,000) from crowdfunding.

    Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London, however.

    His meeting with May will take place in her Chequers country residence on Friday, followed by tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

    Ahead of the talks, Trump said his relationship with May is "very, very strong", adding the two will discuss trade and military issues during their meeting on Friday.

    Trump is also expected to spend a private weekend in with his wife, where he owns two golf resorts.

     
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  2. Sherlōck High Functioning Sociopath

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    This is what he said a year ago.

    Donald Trump: Brexit could be a good thing for both parties


    'I really think the European Union is getting their act together,' says the US leader

    has praised the European Union's response to claiming the UK's withdrawal from the bloc could be a "very good thing" for both parties.

    The US President said other members were "getting their act together" and it had become less likely that other countries would follow the UK's example.

    "I think Brexit is very good for the UK, it is going to be very good for UK," he told the . "I would have thought when it happened that more would follow, but I really think the European Union is getting their act together. It could be a very good thing for both."

    He added: "If you would have asked me that the day after the election... I would have said, 'Yeah, it will start to come apart'. But they have done a very good job and - I am meeting with them very soon - they have done a very good job in bringing it back together."

    The US president, has previously boasted that he "predicted Brexit" and enthusiastically supported the decision taken by UK voters in the EU referendum.

    Mr Trump, who frequently criticised Angela Merkel during the 2016 presidential campaign, insisted he had a "great" recent meeting with her, despite appearing to decline a handshake with the German chancellor in front of the press.

    "I had a great meeting with her," he said. "I really liked her. She said the same thing to me."

    He said the centre ground in Europe appeared to be holding: "I think they've done a better job since Brexit. I think they have done a better job."

    There is a "different spirit" that was not there "when they were fighting with the UK".

    He added: "I actually think it is going to be a great deal for UK, and I think it is going to be really, really good also for the European Union."

     
  3. Pliskin Well-Known Member

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    Spicey.

    Anyhow, do the Brits around here feel this breaks May's neck? Or does it help her close ranks and makes her support circle the wagons?
     
  4. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    It's a choice between Europe and the Anglosphere. Seems you can't have both.

    The Anglosphere economy ($25 trillion) is admittedly bigger than the EU economy ($17 trillion), but the transport costs of sending goods and people between Britain, America, and Australia seems like it'd eat up some of the gain.
     
  5. EJ iHaVeApLaN

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    this man does not know where he stands.
     
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    Makes sense. Trump has been antagonizing the rest of Europe with his tariffs, especially Germany using Russian energy. He personally wouldn't like a soft Brexit since dealing with a UK that is still part of the European single market would mean he has to go through the EU first, even more so than now considering the UK wouldn't have the same influence in the EU that it did before.

    May's really stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment considering she has to decide between being even more subservient to the EU before or try and get a more favorable deal with Trump despite the risks that a hard Brexit will be disastrous for the UK.
     
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    All the while juggling internal politics. Not the best position to make such a world line shifting decision from.
     
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