Friday, 13 July 2018

Trump in the UK

Donald Trump: Theresa May's Brexit plan will 'kill' US trade deal
Donald Trump criticises Theresa May's Brexit approach and says Boris Johnson has "got what it takes" to be prime minister

12 July, 2018

Mr Trump said ahead of his visit that he could meet Boris Johnson, who resigned earlier this week over Mrs May's Brexit plan.

Donald Trump has warned Theresa May her Brexit blueprint will "kill" hopes of any future trade deal with the US.

In an explosive intervention, the US president told The Sun: "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal."

The comments from Mr Trump will send shockwaves through Westminster - and emerged as the prime minister hosted him at a lavish banquet at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Mr Trump hit out at the PM's handling of the Brexit negotiations, claiming he "would have done it much differently".

"I told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me... Deals that take too long are never good ones," he said.

"If you look, she probably went the opposite way."

Mr Trump said ahead of his visit that he could meet Boris Johnson, who resigned earlier this week over Mrs May's Brexit plan.

And in comments that are unlikely to go down well in Downing Street, the president described the former foreign secretary as a "very talented guy" who he hoped would return to government one day.

Mr Trump said: "I think he is a great representative for your country.

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

In a wide ranging interview he also blamed London mayor Sadiq Khan for high crime rates in the city and failing to tackle terrorism.

He said the London Mayor had shown the US disrespect by personally attacking him, while acknowledging that he did not feel welcome in the capital.

Mr Trump and Mr Khan have come to blows before, with the London Mayor forced to call Mr Trump's claims about the capital untrue.

In this interview, Mr Trump said: "You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.

Donald Trump could voice support for a hard Brexit during his UK visit, allies of the president have predicted in a move that would pile pressure on Theresa May.

Sources close to Mr Trump have told The Telegraph that he is a supporter of a clean break with Brussels and may say so publicly if asked.

The US president believes Germany dominates the European Union and wants Britain to be “independent”, according to well-placed sources.

It raises the prospect that Mr Trump could criticise the Chequers plan which Mrs May revealed last week and which triggered the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson. 

  • Donald Trump has arrived in the UK for visit after making an extraordinary intervention in the Brexit row
  • Theresa May is rolling out the red carpet for the US President, who will meet Queen at Windsor Castle
  • The stinging criticism of her Brexit plans by Mr Trump will be a major blow to the PM amid her political woes
  • Mrs May is facing a desperate battle for her political life amid a massive mutiny by Tory Eurosceptics

Theresa May's popularity has fallen to an all-time low, a new poll has found following a dramatic week of political turmoil for the Prime Minister.

A YouGov favourability poll has found that the public is turning against the Prime Minister following the aftermath of the Chequers Brexit plan and the resignations that followed.

The study has found that Mrs May is now seen as more unfavourable than she was immediately after the snap general election.

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