Trump slams handling of Brexit by British PM Theresa May

Nellie Chapman
March 15, 2019

Donald Trump has criticized Theresa May's handling of the Brexit talks, while also saying the United States will stay out of Britain's negotiations over its exit from the European Union.

"I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", he added.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised at how badly" Brexit has gone and that UK Prime Minister Theresa May ignored his advice on how to better handle negotiations.

Trump said that Brexit is "tearing countries apart".

"I will be coming at some point this year", he said.

Varadkar said that growing up in Ireland, he was always "fascinated by American politics", which "inspired me to believe in the power of politics to do good".

Trump's comments come just hours after he had seemingly handed the government a big boost, declaring in a tweet that a trade deal with the United Kingdom as having "unlimited" potential.

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But the tensions over Brexit served this year to highlight a divide between the two countries with Ireland embracing the Trump questions why European nations continue to marry their economies together instead of going it alone on issues like trade. "The potential is unlimited!"

"I thought it would happen, it did happen, and both sides are very, very cemented in. He has consistently emphasized Brexit as a prerequisite for a new U.S. -U.K. free trade agreement, and administration officials and members of Congress have been working diligently to prepare for such an agreement", Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, tells VOA News.

The Taoiseach referred to Mr Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and said that while the USA had military might and a booming economy, they shouldn't lose sight of what makes America great already - its people and its values. Varadkar opposes Britain's European Union exit and expressed concern about how such a move would affect Northern Ireland.

"The Irish government has played a very adversarial role", Gardiner said.

Pence glossed over the Brexit disagreement as he welcomed Varadkar for the breakfast, and grew nostalgic as he recounted his grandfather's emigration from Ireland and his own affection for the country. He said he is now planning a trip to Ireland, with his Irish-born mother.

Mr Trump was asked by reporters if he was still a Brexit supporter. But it will all work out. "One way or the other it's going to work out".

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