Ahead of the press conference on Friday, the U.S. president sought to comprehensively undermine May’s government using a stunning rebuke of her approach to Brexit negotiations.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper published late Thursday, Trump said May had ignored his advice on Brexit by pursuing a softened approach to talks with the EU. He also warned in which such a move might “probably kill” off any chance of May getting a free trade deal with the earth’s largest economy.
the idea was seen as an astonishing political attack on Britain’s leader, along with one which could aggravate her increasingly fragile position in government amid torturous negotiations with the rest of the bloc.
“I didn’t criticize the prime minister,” Trump said Friday, quickly interjecting before May could respond to a question about his reported comments.
“I have a lot of respect for the prime minster along with unfortunately there was a story in which was done which was generally fine although the idea didn’t put in what I said about the prime minister along with I said tremendous things … We record when we deal with reporters. the idea’s called fake news,” he added.
His latest comments marked a sharp turnaround via his reported interview with The Sun, when Trump had offered further evidence of his willingness to criticize or even demean key Western allies in order to try to enhance his own political agenda.
A spokesperson for The Sun later reacted, saying the newspaper stood by its reporting along with the quotes used.