Brexit plan 'will probably kill' U.S. trade deal

Doug Mendoza
July 13, 2018

The interview appeared in The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, and was published shortly after May delivered a speech to welcome the U.S. president to Britain.

Mr. Trump declared on Thursday in Brussels that, "I think they like me a lot in the U.K".

The US president said he would have done the Brexit negotiations "much differently" and claimed the Prime Minister did not listen to his advice, in an interview with The Sun.

British prime minister Theresa May has pitched for a "unprecedented" free trade deal with the U.S. after Brexit with a promise to tear down "bureaucratic barriers" to trade as she hosted a lavish welcome dinner for President Donald Trump at the Blenheim Palace.

Despite a series of diplomatic spats between Britain and Trump, May is hoping for a quick trade deal with the USA after it leaves the EU.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the U.S. Embasssy with the ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson, London, Britain, July 13, 2018.

Donald Trump has warned Theresa May her Brexit plan could "kill" any UK-US trade deal because Britain would remain so closely aligned to the European Union.

Trump, who has linked his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a slim majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union, complained, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

He added: "If the EU do not offer the USA a better deal on trade, the United States will do something about European cars being imported at a very low tariff".

Protesters against the visit of US President Donald Trump gather with placards at a barrier set up to block access to the US ambassador's residence Winfield House in Regents Park in London.

The interview was the latest breach of diplomatic protocol by Trump, whose predecessors tended to avoid criticizing their foreign hosts.

The president also said he thought Boris Johnson, May's old rival for the Conservative leadership and her foreign secretary until he resigned last week in opposition to her Brexit plans, would "be a great prime minister".

"I used to love London as a city", Trump said.

He also described Turnberry as "magical" and "one of my favourite places", adding: "My mother was born in Scotland and I have great friendships over there".

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"As he said in his interview with the Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her, '" Sanders said in a statement to The Hill.

"Trump baby", as the balloon is known, will be flown high over Parliament Square in London, but Mr. Trump is spending the day miles away from the center of the British capital - and the protesters - in meetings with Prime Minster Theresa May and then later with Queen Elizabeth II.

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

"Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place".

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the disgusting things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", Trump said of Khan.

The Trumps landed in Air Force One at Stansted Airport at lunchtime on Thursday to kick-start a four-day working visit to Britain as protests against his trip began. Late past year, May criticised him for retweeting a message by a member of a British far-right group and the speaker of Britain's parliament has said Trump would not be welcome to address it.

Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London, however. Police worked overtime, their days off canceled.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Chequers where Trump and May are expected to meet 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".

While Trump's trip was not a full state visit, he has been given red carpet treatment including military bands.

Trump had already cast doubt on May's Brexit plans earlier in the day after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending.

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the U.S. budget. But there was little evidence they had bowed to his wishes on that front.

"We must show Trump and the Tories that we can and we will defeat the politics of division". "I'm very strong on immigration".

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump said.

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