Donald Trump says Theresa May didn't listen to his advice on Brexit

Clay Curtis
March 15, 2019

The US President said he is surprised at how badly Brexit negotiations have gone, saying it is "tearing countries apart".

Speaking in the Oval Office where he is meeting Irish premier Leo Varadkar, Mr Trump said: "It's a very complex thing right now, it's tearing a country apart, it's actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it's a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane".

Trump said Brexit was "tearing countries apart" and added that he was surprised "how badly" it has gone since the UK's referendum on leaving the EU.

I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful.

"I'd like to see that whole situation with Brexit work out", Trump added.

"I regret that Brexit is happening and the United Kingdom was a really important part of the European Union".

Mrs Foster has said she hopes to invite Mr Trump to attend the Open Championship at Portrush this July.

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During a press conference with the taoiseach, the United States president confirmed he would make the trip because Ireland is "a special place".

"We can do a very big trade deal with the United Kingdom. we are also re-negotiating our trade deal with the European groups and literally individual nations".

Arlene Foster met US President Donald Trump at a St Patrick's Day celebrations lunch in Washington on Thursday. "I regret Brexit's happening". "The potential is unlimited!"

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29. Irish leaders say a new formal border would put profitable commerce at risk and invoke the ghosts of the bloody conflicts in Northern Ireland known as the Irish Troubles. "I predicted it was going to happen".

MPs have rejected May's withdrawal agreement by huge margins twice and will next vote on delaying Brexit on Thursday night. "He has consistently emphasized Brexit as a prerequisite for a new U.S. -U.K. free trade agreement, and administration officials and members of Congress have been working diligently to prepare for such an agreement", Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, tells VOA News.

Varadkar was returning to the White House for an evening reception and the presentation of a bowl of shamrocks to Trump.

Brexit won't spoil the relationship, even given Trump's history of turning on leaders who cross him, said Marquette University historian Timothy G. McMahon, president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. "One way or the other it's going to work out".

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