MPs out­raged over Trump’s ‘rude­ness’

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

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.

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