Why a soft Brexit could hurt a US-UK trade partnership

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump at NATO headquarters in Brussels

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump at NATO headquarters in Brussels Credit  REUTERS

Trump was quoted as saying that former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, one of the ministers who quit, would make a great prime minister.

Donald Trump has arrived at Chequers and appears to be on the charm offensive after his explosive interview.

He also labeled the interview with The Sun as fake news and said it did not include the positive things he had said about the prime minister. "But it is too bad what is going on", he continued. That will be up to her to say.

May sidestepped a reporter's question about whether she felt undermined by Trump's reported comments on her Brexit plan.

"There's no way Trump will apologise", a senior United States official told the newspaper. He also argued that USA laws on immigration are too weak and said, "We have laws that are so bad I don't even call them laws".

Speaking at a joint press conference at Chequers on Friday, the president said he had given May suggestions, rather than advice, on how to pursue Brexit-throwing in a touch of flattery following the critical newspaper interview.

Referring to the Brexit blueprint published by the government on Thursday, which calls for close trading links with the European Union after Brexit, Trump said: "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

Conservative MPs have said that they are waiting for Boris Johnson to make an intervention on Monday, although sources close to the foreign secretary have denied he is "rabble rousing" against the Prime Minister.

"It's changing the culture; I think it's a very negative thing for Europe", he said, noting that it was not politically correct to say so, "but I'll say it and I'll say it loud".

"He thought she was great on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation today and is a really terrific person", Sanders said.

On Friday evening, Trump flew to Scotland where he owns a golf course, ending the formal part of his trip to Britain, but he will not leave Britain for his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until Sunday.

Trump's comments have overshadowed a visit where the president was greeted with British pomp and ceremony - the lavish gala dinner in his honor at Blenheim Palace last night - even as protesters tried to rain on the parade.

"The UK wants to do a trade deal with Donald Trump, and he said if you want to do a trade deal with the United States this isn't the way to do it", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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

He blamed the Pakistani-origin mayor for making him feel "unwelcome" in the United Kingdom, in light of mass street protests and said he "used to love London".

In his interview, he also renewed his criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan over last year's terror attacks in London, saying he had done "a bad job".

Referring to the plan outlined on Thursday in which Britain would aim to keep strong ties in trading of goods with the European Union, he said: "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

"If you think of it, for so many years she's represented her country, she's never really made a mistake", he said. Look at what is going on in London.

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