Monday, 18 February, 2019

Donald Trump's Brexit advice to Theresa May

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Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 12:56

"It would be better if [the London Mayor] stopped engaging in this war against Donald Trump and got on with ... dealing with the crisis in crime", Farage said, pointing to the vicious attack on former British ambassador to the U.S. Sir Christopher Meyer Wednesday, which took place at one of the capital's major railway stations in broad daylight.

But Trump did have many bad things to say about Theresa May, criticizing her handling of Brexit and even hinting that he would support challenger Boris Johnson to become prime minister.

Mr Trump said he looked forward to finalising a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, marking an abrupt change from the Sun newspaper article, which quoted him saying Ms May's strategy would kill such an agreement.

The Financial Times also runs with Mr Trump "switching tack" as he aims to "mend bridges".

"She is a very smart, very tough, very capable person, and I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy".

The Independent also carries a picture from the protest, while reporting on Mr Trump's "backtrack".

The criticisms sparked unfavorable comment across the British media, with the Financial Times newspaper writing in an editorial that Trump's criticism "deliberately weakens the United Kingdom prime minister at a time when her government has been rocked by a series of resignations".

"Whatever you do is OK with us, just make sure we can trade together".

Trump has claimed to have recorded disputed exchanges in the past without providing evidence.

Donald Trump Stokes Brexit Hardliner Fears Over Theresa May's Exit Plans
In that, he tells people to "overshoot" - asking for far more than they ever expect. The president also hit out at immigration into Europe, linking it with crime.

And the Daily Star reports on TV and radio host Richard Bacon, who is ill in hospital. I have a lot of respect for the prime minister, and unfortunately there was a story that was done which was, you know, generally fine, but it didn't put in what I said about the prime minister. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the awful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", he said. "Whatever you do is OK with me", Trump told the press conference.

Relations had never been more special, he said, and any criticism was "fake news".

"It will certainly be something that we bring up and talk about", Mr Trump said. "She didn't listen to me".

"The relationship is further back than it was a few days ago", Dr. Jacob Parakilas, deputy head of the USA and Americas program at London-based think-tank Chatham House, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Friday.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of protesters marched against the United States president through central London, bringing much of the capital to a standstill.

"She is an incredible woman. doing a fantastic job", Trump said.

Trump's interview with The Sun was full of provocative statements.

There were also demonstrations close to Winfield House, the U.S. ambassador's residence near Regents Park where the president and first lady Melania Trump have spent the night.