Donald Trump criticises PM’s Brexit deal for making US-UK trade deal ‘difficult’

Donald Trump at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sep 11, 2019

London, Nov 1 Downing Street has defended the UK’s Brexit deal with the European Union (EU), after US President Donald Trump made the bombshell comments during an LBC interview,a London-based national phone-in and talk radio station, with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, by being critical of the withdrawal agreement that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently reached with EU leaders.

In an extraordinary intervention, Trump said the PM and Brexit Party leader would be an ‘unstoppable force’ if they teamed up for the General Election.

“We want to do trade with UK and they want to do trade with us… To be honest with you… this deal… under certain aspects of the (Brexit) deal… you can’t do it, you can’t trade.

“We can’t make a trade deal with the UK because I think we can do many times the numbers that we’re doing right now and certainly much bigger numbers than you are doing under the European Union.”

Trump, who has previously expressed his backing for Brexit, however did not provide details on what difficulties he thought may arise in striking a US-UK trade deal.

In response, a Downing Street spokesperson said that Johnson’s Brexit deal with the EU “ensures that we take back control of our laws, trade, borders and money”.

“Under this new deal, the whole of the UK will leave the EU customs union, which means we can strike our own free trade deals around the world from which every part of the UK will benefit,” the spokesperson added.

Trump exerted pressure on Nigel Farage to forge a pact with Boris Johnson and save Britain from Jeremy Corbyn.
Speaking to LBC, the President said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” as Prime Minister and that Johnson was “the exact right guy for the times”.

The UK is going to the polls on December 12 following a further delay to the country’s departure from the EU, to January 31, 2020.

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