Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump Stokes Brexit Hardliner Fears Over Theresa May's Exit Plans

Donald Trump Stokes Brexit Hardliner Fears Over Theresa May's Exit Plans

Having settled into dinner with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, there was a whirring buzz that the president had been busy, having given an interview to that infamous rag of reaction The Sun newspaper.

He said: "I read reports where that won't be possible, but I believe after speaking with the prime minister's people and representatives and trade experts it will absolutely be possible". "I have a lot of respect for the prime minister", Trump said.

Trump said that the "special relationship" - "the highest level of special" - between the two countries is "a bond that is like no other". Trump said May's Brexit strategy would "kill" any chance of a trade deal between the two countries.

Instead, Trump scorched her policy towards the European Union divorce in an interview with The Sun newspaper that shocked Britain's political establishment. "The idea that we would park our rights and privileges and freedoms because it may cause offence to a USA president, I think people in London and the United Kingdom would find objectionable as indeed would Americans", he said. "The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we make sure we can trade".

On immigration, Trump said Europe was "changing culture" and "changing security" through its policies and "they'd better watch themselves".

"Now it's not the United States, many presidents have come here and said this is not fair and then they go home and go to sleep". He's been very nice to me.

The Reverend Nigel Sinclair, a 53-year-old Church of England preacher, came in what he called his Sunday vicar's outfit, carrying a sign that showed how Trump's ideas differ from those of Jesus Christ.

The president who prides himself on not saying he's sorry did his own version of backtracking at a news conference with May by finding a way to blame his favorite foil for any perceived friction with May, whom he lavished with praise on the heels of questioning her leadership.

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"The UK has a proud history of welcoming people who are fleeing persecution to our country", she said.

"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russia because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", Trump said at the press conference before news of the indictment. May pursued her strategy, the US probably wouldn't sign a trade deal with Britain. Humiliating", added Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw.ADVERTISEMENTAnother Labour MP, Rupa Huq, told The Guardian that Trump's comments about Khanm, London's first Muslim mayor, constituted Islamophobia."A dash of Islamophobia lobbed at Sadiq Khan who he blames for terrorism.

During opening remarks ahead of the joint news conference with May, Trump said he is "OK with" however the British decide to carry out Brexit, despite trashing May's "soft Brexit" blueprint in The Sun.

After leaving Chequers, Trump travelled to Windsor Castle to have tea with Queen Elizabeth. I think that this should get a lot of attention. The queen navigated her way around him.

Trump and May, who were seen holding hands while strolling around the country estate as farm animals brayed in the distance, differed in both substance and style in the news conference. Trump plans to spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland before flying to Helsinki, Finland, for a summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. You know, it's interesting because I am a people person.

He also refused to take a question from CNN, saying: "CNN is fake news, I don't take questions from fake news".

That was why the government's white paper was "veiled by strategic ambiguity on trade in goods", said Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, director of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels.

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