Trump raps May over Brexit negotiations

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

The prime minister said while their views on Brexit differ, the relationship between the US and Ireland remains strong.

On the prospect of another referendum, Mr Trump said: "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won".

US President Donald Trump suggested that Britain could avoid all the chaos that comes with Brexit if Prime Minister Theresa May had followed his ideas on how to negotiate it.

Donald Trump
Mr Trump spoke during the lunch

Speaking about his earlier private meeting with Mr Varadkar, the U.S. president said: "We discussed a lot of things, in particular we talked about Brexit, something that turned out to be a little more complex than they thought it be". "I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner", he said.

Asked whether he thinks the United Kingdom should push back its exit date, Trump said: "I think they're probably going to have to do something, because right now they're in the midst of a very short period of time - the end of the month - and they're not going to be able to do that".

Just hours before Mr Varadkar's visit, Mr Trump tweeted that he looked forward to making a trade deal with the UK. I mean. she's got to do what she's got to do. Earlier Mr Trump said he and Mr Varadkar are becoming "fast friends" and he said the Taoiseach is a "very popular man doing a wonderful job".

Mr Trump said: "I am coming at some point during the year". On Thursday, two weeks ahead of the scheduled departure from the EU, British lawmakers overwhelmingly backed May's motion to extend the Brexit deadline amid disagreements over the withdrawal plan.

Speaking on Thursday, Trump then took aim at the possibility of a second referendum on leaving the European Union, which he deemed "unfair" on those who had campaigned successfully for Brexit in 2016. Pence attempted the Irish leader's formal title, calling him "Taoiseach Varadkar".

The Irish leader aims to use the meeting to reaffirm the historical ties between Ireland and the United States.

The two leaders discussed Brexit as well as a number of Irish-US specific matters.

"They were very well briefed", Varadkar said of his meeting with Pence and his wife.

Trump may agree. At the luncheon, he sounded cheerful as he described his discussion with Varadkar.

"But it will all work out, everything does, one way or the other".

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