Donald Trump has warned Theresa May’s Brexit plan will “kill” any future US trade deal in bombshell comments as the President met the PM in the UK.
Soon after Trump arrived at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for a gala black tie dinner, The Sun published an interview with the US President that is likely to humiliate his host.
He told the newspaper that Britain remaining so closely aligned to the European Union would undermine a UK-US trade deal.
Trump also said he would have done the Brexit negotiations “much differently” and claimed the Prime Minister did not listen to his advice.
His highly-controversial remarks came at the end of a day in which he had already waded deeply into the Brexit row over Theresa May’s white paper ahead of his first official visit to Britain as President.
Tomorrow’s front page: Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit – and warns she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal – full story HERE at 11pm https://t.co/JRrMjQDTBqpic.twitter.com/udCjYWQeeQ
— The Sun (@TheSun) July 12, 2018
He had used a Thursday morning press conference in Brussels to attack the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan and highlight Cabinet divisions.
The president said: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal”.
The comments, following on from the morning press conference, will a cause of great concern for May.
She had used the Blenheim black tie dinner with political and business leaders to press Trump on the benefits of a free trade deal after Brexit.
Addressing the 100-strong group the Prime Minister said there was an “unprecedented” opportunity to do a deal that boosted jobs and growth in both countries.