British-US trade deal possible after Brexit, say May and Trump

Donald Trump visit to UK

Donald Trump visit to UK

Asked by a US reporter if he regretted his comments to the Sun, Trump looked away, shook his head and pointed at the reporter.

The president's remarks came out shortly after Mrs May's government outlined Brexit plans to retain close ties to the European Union.

Donald Trump and Theresa May walk out together to begin their joint news conference.

"We agreed today, that as the UK leaves the European Union, we will pursue an ambitious US-UK Free Trade Agreement", she said, adding: "The Chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to agree an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies".

Trump once again claimed that he predicted Brexit - although the truth is that as presidential nominee at the time, he had no real understanding of the complex referendum that is set to see the United Kingdom exit the European Union.

May's plan "will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way". They can not actually agree to anything until they leave the European Union.

The timing of the comments added to the awkwardness.

Trump also used the interview to launch an attack on Theresa May's plans for Brexit which were unveiled in full yesterday and indicate a willingness on the UK's part to keep customs borders open with the EU.

However, most people also think he is "untrustworthy" to negotiate a trade deal with.

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Asked about Johnson's comments at a private dinner two weeks ago that Trump "would go in bloody hard" if he was handling Brexit, the President said: "He is right". But I'm different than other people. I think she's doing a terrific job.

During the hour-long press conference, Trump went out of his way to praise May, and admitted he had apologised to her for The Sun's front page today.

"All of you remember", he said to reporters. And that is fine.

Education minister Sam Gyimah said: "Where are your manners, Mr President?" "I have a lot of respect for the prime minister".

"I think the immigration, allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame", Trump said. "And I said to him, 'This special relationship is better than ever, ' and he said, 'It is.' I could see the chemistry between them was very good", Ruddy said. "A great job. And I mean that", Trump said.

"Depicting Trump as a baby is a great way of targeting his fragile ego, and mocking him is our main motivation", organiser Matthew Bonner said. I'm sorry, I was wrong to say the things that I said would be an apology.

"This is what people need to be doing - to come together in their communities to organize and work out how to stand against right-wing populism and xenophobia that we're seeing not just in the USA but in Europe", organizer Kevin Smith told The Associated Press.

Trump, who arrived in Britain on Thursday, told the Sun newspaper that planned protests against him in London and other British cities made him feel unwelcome so he was avoiding the capital as much as possible. "They are just a lobbyist for Amazon". "But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?"

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