Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Donald Trump's Brexit advice to Theresa May

Melinda Barton | 14 July, 2018, 08:40

During a press conference Friday afternoon, he denied criticizing May and suggested that the newspaper had left out his praise of the British prime minister. May as smart, tough, determined, terrific, capable and "a total pro".

"I think she found it maybe too brutal", Trump said of the suggestions he made to May regarding Brexit. In what could be construed as an act of direct meddling (foreign interference for the U.S. imperium is genetic, programmed and inevitable), Trump had his own views about who would make a suitable replacement.

But there was still a lot of confusion.

"I would say I would give our relationship in terms of grade the highest level of special", Mr Trump said.

But standing alongside Mrs May after the meeting at her country residence, Mr Trump praised her as an "incredible woman" and a "very tough negotiator" who was "doing a fantastic job", and said there could be a "great" trade deal between the United States and UK.

Activists kicked off the demonstrations on Friday by floating a six-metre-high (20-ft) blimp outside parliament depicting the USA president as a snarling orange baby. And maybe, some day, she'll do that.

But even if Britain can extricate itself from the dense web of regulations and tariffs resulting from its decades of European Union membership, a US-UK trade deal would be easier said than done.

Earlier, Mr Trump said he and Mrs May had spoken for an hour-and-a-half at the black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, which he attended with his wife Melania.

At another point, Mr. Trump talked about Britain "perhaps" leaving the European Union, which prompted Ms.

Reporters were shooed out of the room as the first lady engaged the group in a discussion about "Be Best", a campaign she unveiled in May to focus on childhood well-being and to teach them kindness. He further undercut her leadership in his effusive praise of Boris Johnson, a long-time rival who resigned from May's Cabinet this week over her Brexit policy. The EU has also been cool to the idea and negotiations resume next week with only months to go before a deal has to be struck. He said after their visit he thinks the two countries can reach a free trade agreement.

"It was not the deal that was in the referendum", he told the newspaper.

Ms May also glossed over the comments. "He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K".

"I would call it the rigged witch hunt", he said at one point of Robert Mueller III's investigation, dissecting the testimony of FBI agent Peter Strzok and lamenting that he didn't watch more of it Thursday because of the time difference. "The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we make sure we can trade, that we don't have any restrictions, because we want to trade with the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom wants to trade with us". "When I saw her this morning, I said, 'I wanted to apologize.' She said, 'Don't worry, it's only the press'". "And that is fine".

However, Trump ruled out May pursuing "no deal" - a move favoured by hard Brexiteers - saying there was no way the Prime Minister could walk away from the Brussels talks without an agreement.

The interview was seized upon by Ms.

"The relationship is very, very strong, we have a very good relationship", Trump said. He was heralded by military bands on his arrival at the 92-year-old monarch's home where her grandson Prince Harry married USA actress Meghan Markle in May. May and tried to play down his comments about Mr. Johnson, with limited success.

"The message we came here to give today is that Trump is not welcome in Britain", said shopkeeper Grish Gregoran, 58, who took the day off to attend.

"And I think he's not been hospitable to a government that is a very important government".

That's what it takes to get an apology from Trump, apparently. He quickly pointed to Ms.

"This incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job", he said.

MARTIN: I mean, this is so awkward. He also offered Ms. Trump, on the other hand, was bullish after his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation performance, which did a good deal to stir and unsettle partners and leaders.