Just hours before his scheduled meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump issued scathing comments criticizing May for her soft stance on Brexit in an exclusive interview with the U.K. Sun newspaper. Trump went further by questioning her commitment to upholding the result of the referendum.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the U.K., so it will probably kill the deal. If they do that, then their trade deal with the U.S. will probably not be made.
“We have enough difficulty with the European Union. We are cracking down right now on the European Union because they have not treated the United States fairly on trading.”
It also seemed that the President felt slighted May ignored his advice.
“I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me. She wanted to go a very different route.”
As if that wasn’t enough, President Trump even suggested former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, would have made a better Prime Minister.
Johnson quit the Cabinet over disagreements with May’s plans for Brexit.
President Trump shared his opinion that May is not fulfilling the will of the people who voted for the U.K. to leave the E.U.:
“The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted for. It was not the deal that was in the referendum. I have just been hearing this over the last three days. I know they have had a lot of resignations. So a lot of people don’t like it.”
At the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump advocated for a complete break from the E.U.
However, May believes her plan is on the right track:
“We have come to an agreement at the proposal we’re putting to the European Union which absolutely delivers on the Brexit people voted for. They voted for us to take back control of our money, our law, and our borders, and that’s exactly what we will do.”
Trump’s visit was met with dozens of protests the second he landed at Stansted. Banners were held questioning the United States’ human rights record. Protesters likewise planned a noise barrage outside the ambassador’s residence where Trump is billeted.