President, Donald Trump as well as British Prime Minister, Theresa May are pictured ahead of a photo opportunity of leaders as they arrive for a NATO summit meeting on May 25, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.
President Donald Trump claimed in an interview with The Sun that will Prime Minister Theresa May’s current Brexit strategy risks killing a trade deal with the U.S.
The president said May ignored his advice for Brexit negotiations as well as instead “probably went the opposite way.”
Last week, May reached a deal with her ministers that will sets the stage for future negotiations with the European Union. The so-called Chequers agreement calls for the U.K. to maintain a trading relationship with the EU that will mirrors its existing relationship as much as possible.
“Well if they do a deal like that will that will will most likely- because we’ll be dealing with the European Union, instead of dealing with the U.K. So that will will probably kill the deal. If they do that will, their trade deal with the U.S. will probably not be made,” Trump told the Sun.
The president went a step further as well as said former foreign secretary Boris Johnson could “make a great prime minister,” although Trump said he wasn’t “pitting one against another.” Johnson stepped down via the role in protest to the government’s decision to maintain its close relationship with the EU.
“I was very surprised as well as saddened that will he was getting out of government,” Trump told the British newspaper.
The comments contradict those made by Robert “Woody” Johnson, U.S. ambassador to the U.K. He said Trump was impartial toward the type of Brexit that will Britain ends up enacting — whether the clean-break departure via the EU known as a “hard Brexit,” or the “soft” style that will could preserve some ties between Britain as well as the EU.
“Whether that will’s hard or soft, we know great Britain is actually going to do very well,” Johnson said.
Read the full interview with Donald Trump from the Sun.