Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

May's Strategy Will ‘Kill’ Trade Deal With US

May's Strategy Will ‘Kill’ Trade Deal With US

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", Mr Trump told The Sun.

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. (Until) I remember her desperate rush to invite him, her repeated reluctance to criticise his Muslim ban or caging of children, her chasing him for a bad trade deal.

But the Tanaiste believes the resignations of Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson were a positive change.

But in a rambling 50-minute press conference in which he claimed several new outlets including the Sun were "fake news", Mr Trump's comments took a less helpful turn when he confirmed he had offered the Prime Minister an unspecified "suggestion" on Brexit.

May later had to endure an uncomfortable, open-air press conference with Trump following a three-hour meeting with him at Chequers, during which the President cast doubt on Brexit by saying Britain would "perhaps" leave the EU. Her office had no immediate reaction to his remarks, beyond referring back to her speech.

Trump said: "I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important".

Trump has frequently angered British politicians.

"Whatever you do is OK with me", Trump said.

Aside from being an epic breach of both diplomatic protocol and simple manners, Trump's interview brought other questions into sharp relief: can May survive if Brexit no longer holds the promise of a separate trade agreement with the United States?

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They lost a semi-final to eventual winners Spain in 2010, but bounced back to become world champions in Brazil four years later. Others would have haggled with touts and individual sellers to try and get hold of the most sought-after ticket in town.

May's "business-friendly" Brexit plan would keep Britain in a free trade zone for goods with the European Union but mean it had to accept some European Union rules. May, who was already reeling from a backlash within her Conservative Party caucus over a new Brexit plan she announced last week that included a customs arrangement with the EU.

President Trump responded to the blimp during his interview with The Sun and went on to compare it with the general opinion of him.

"I said, he'll be a great Prime Minister", Mr. Trump said.

Outside the mansion, near Oxford to the northwest of London, a couple of thousand demonstrators lined the road and booed Trump's arrival. The flying of the "Trump Baby" blimp was funded via a crowdfunding project with over £30,000 having been raised so far.

"I think he thinks I'm doing a great job".

Their meeting lasted almost an hour and was the final engagement in Mr Trump's two-day working visit to the UK.

The president is expected to head to Scotland on Friday night and spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire.

That's right, folks, the only relationship advice that matters right now is that you have to find someone who looks at you the way Theresa May looks at Trump.

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