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US Prez Trump, on his maiden visit to Bri­tain, rub­bished Theresa May’s Brexit strat­egy

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Af­ter slam­ming Theresa May on his first of­fi­cial visit to UK, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump back­tracks and calls the Brexit ban­ter ‘fake news’

Lon­don: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has rub­bished em­bat­tled Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Brexit strat­egy, say­ing it will prob­a­bly “kill” the chances of a bi­lat­eral trade deal, invit­ing sharp crit­i­cism from MPs, many of whom de­scribed it as an in­sult to the coun­try.

The Brexit strat­egy, spelt out in a White Pa­per on Thurs­day, has proved con­tro­ver­sial as it led to the res­ig­na­tion of two se­nior Cab­i­net min­is­ters, in­clud­ing Brexit min­is­ter David Davis and for­eign sec­re­tary Boris John­son.

In an in­ter­view with the Ru­pert Mur­doch-owned Sun news­pa­per, Trump be­came the lat­est critic of May’s Brexit plans, which fore­see a closer re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Union (EU) af­ter Bri­tain leaves the 28-mem­ber eco­nomic bloc next year, than many hard-Brexit sup­port­ers are de­mand­ing.

“If they do a deal like that, we would be deal­ing with the Euro­pean Union in­stead of deal­ing with the UK, so it will prob­a­bly kill the deal,” the US Pres­i­dent said in ref­er­ence to May’s Brexit strat­egy.

Trump also said he had told 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,” Trump, who is in Lon­don on his first of­fi­cial visit, said.

Trump’s in­ter­view at­tracted sharp crit­i­cism from Bri­tish MPs, many of whom de­scribed it as an in­sult to the Bri­tish PM and the UK.

Con­ser­va­tive party MP Sarah Wol­las­ton said Trump was “de­ter­mined to in­sult” May, adding: “If sign­ing up to the Trump world view is the price of a deal, it’s not worth pay­ing.” “Our PM is so weak she still rolls out the red car­pet for a man who does noth­ing but in­sult her. Hu­mil­i­at­ing,” Op­po­si­tion Labour party MP Ben Brad­shaw added.

Trump said he was “crack­ing down” on the EU be­cause “they have not treated the US fairly on trad­ing”.

A blimp re­sem­bling Trump seen in Lon­don on Fri­day

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