Trump: Brexit Plan Could Kill US Trade Deal

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Don­ald Trump has said the UK will “prob­a­bly not” get a trade deal with the US, if the prime min­is­ter’s Brexit plan goes ahead.

He told The Sun the PM’s plan would “prob­a­bly kill the deal” as it would mean the US “would be deal­ing with the Euro­pean Union” in­stead of with the UK. Theresa May has been mak­ing the case for a US free trade deal with Mr Trump, on his first UK visit as pres­i­dent.

She said Brexit was an “op­por­tu­nity” to cre­ate growth in the UK and US.

Mr Trump also said that for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary Boris John­son would make a “great prime min­is­ter”, adding “I think he’s got what it takes”.

In his in­ter­view, he re­newed his crit­i­cism of Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan over last year’s ter­ror at­tacks in the cap­i­tal, say­ing he had done “a ter­ri­ble job”.

The pres­i­dent and his wife were given a red car­pet re­cep­tion at Blen­heim Palace, Ox­ford­shire on Thurs­day evening.

They were at a black-tie din­ner with Mrs May as news broke of his in­ter­view with the news­pa­per, which said it was con­ducted while he was in Brus­sels.

Mr Trump told The Sun news­pa­per that the UK’s blue­print for its post-Brexit re­la­tions with the EU was “a much dif­fer­ent deal than the peo­ple voted on”.

On the sub­ject of a fu­ture trade deal, he said the Che­quers deal would mean it would be “most likely ... we would be deal­ing with the Euro­pean Union in­stead of deal­ing with the UK, so it will prob­a­bly kill the deal”.

He said he had told Mrs May how to do a Brexit deal, but: “She didn’t agree, she didn’t lis­ten to me.”

“I told her how to do it. That will be up to her to say. But I told her how to do it. She wanted to go a dif­fer­ent route,” he said.

The US pres­i­dent also said he was “crack­ing down” on the EU be­cause “they have not treated the United States fairly on trad­ing”.

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