MPs outraged over Trump’s ‘rudeness’
LONDON: British politicians expressed outrage yesterday at United States President Donald Trump’s attack on the government’s Brexit strategy, although one leading eurosceptic said it was “perfectly reasonable”.
“Where are your manners, Mr President?” tweeted Universities Minister Sam Gyimah.
Other Conservative members of parliament rounded on the president for being “determined to insult” Prime Minister Theresa May. The opposition Labour party called him “extraordinarily rude”.
Downing Street stayed silent but Junior Foreign Minister Alan Duncan brushed off the row, saying Trump was a “controversialist, that’s his style”.
Trump is not the first US president to intervene on Brexit — Barack Obama warned that if it left the EU, Britain would be at the “back of the queue” for a US deal.
Brexit supporters cried foul at the time, but eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said Trump’s comments were different because they did not come in the middle of a campaign.