Trump says Europe is 'being ripped apart' by Brexit

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

"We have a different opinion, president", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said mildly.

President Trump, perhaps not wanting to spoil the chummy mood of the annual St. Patrick's Day-themed visit, announced at the start of his meetings with the Irish prime minister Thursday that he wasn't going to comment on Brexit, on which he and his guest vigorously disagree.

He added: "We know and trust, that making America great again will not mean fighting or losing sight of what makes it great already".

President Trump recently talked Brexit and trade relations with the prime minister of Ireland, while hosting the leader at the White House.

Mr Trump said he intends to visit Ireland this year and renewed his pledge to build a border wall with Mexico.

The US president also elaborated on the relationship that he's developing with Varadkar.

"I predicted it was going to happen, and I was right".

"I will tell you, I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation", Trump said, sounding like he wasn't that surprised at all. But I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and I think you would have been successful.

That's a subtweet if I've ever seen one.

The most concerning element for Ireland, Varadkar said, is that Brexit should not cause any problems in Northern Ireland, which voted to stay in the EU.

Ahead of that make or break moment, U.S. president Trump gave his take on how well things are going.

If they don't, the UK faces a hard exit from the European Union, an eventuality many officials in the US, UK and Europe believe could cause economic turmoil.

He also warned of tariffs being applied on the European Union if trade talks with the United States falter. He said: "If they don't talk to us, we're going to do something pretty severe economically".

After the meeting, the prime minster said he appreciated the opportunity to lay out Ireland's position on Brexit.

"What I've asked for is an understanding of our situation, particularly when it comes to Northern Ireland and avoiding a hard Border and protecting the peace process. He is supportive on that point".

After Brexit, "we can do a very big trade deal with the United Kingdom", noted Trump. "There's 500 million of us, only 60 million of them".

The Taoiseach referred to Mr Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and said that while the United States had military might and a booming economy, they shouldn't lose sight of what makes America great already - its people and its values. I missed it past year, and I would have loved to have been there. "It's a special place".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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