Trump says Brexit has gone 'badly' because Theresa May ignored his advice

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

Trump's intervention on Brexit is very welcome, according to pro-Brexit analyst Niles Gardiner, who worked for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after she left office. "I regret that Brexit's happening and the United Kingdom was a really important part of the European Union".

Honored to welcome the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar to the Vice President's residence for breakfast this morning to begin St. Patrick's Day weekend. We want to make sure there is trade between Britain and Ireland.

Bilateral relations and the Irish undocumented immigrants in the United States were on the agenda for Mr Varadkar's Oval Office meeting with Mr Trump, but Brexit dominated their talks.

Thursday's events carried on despite awkward timing.

While Varadkar prepared to have breakfast with Pence and a who's who of Irish-Americans, including the president of Notre Dame, Trump tweeted an open invitation to Britain to free itself of the European Union and its trade rules. "The potential is unlimited!"

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised at how badly" Brexit has gone and that UK Prime Minister Theresa May ignored his advice on how to better handle negotiations.

Alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office, Trump declared that Brexit is "actually tearing a lot of countries apart".

"I'm not going to comment on Brexit. I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", Trump said. "And I was standing out on Turnberry, and we had a press conference, and people were screaming".

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"If they don't talk to us we're going to do something that's very severe economically", Trump said.

"She's got to do what she's got to do but I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly".

"I hate to see it being, everything being ripped apart right now".

MPs have rejected May's withdrawal agreement by huge margins twice and will next vote on delaying Brexit on Thursday night.

He said he told Mr Trump there was an opportunity for an EU-US trade deal.

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

Speaking to Ireland's RTE News on Wednesday, Varadkar confirmed that his partner would attend the traditional breakfast with Pence.

Varadkar is one of only a handful of openly gay world leaders. Trump gave it a try, too, and got pretty close, at the final theatrical rite of the Irish visit - the presentation of a crystal bowl of shamrocks. "It wasn't that I was a supporter (Leave), I predicted that it was going to happen", he said.

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