Brexit: Donald Trump blasts Theresa May for not taking his advice

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

Speaking with reporters alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday, Trump said that he was in Scotland at the opening of his new golf club the day before the referendum, and that he'd stated his belief that Britain would vote to leave the European Union.

"I think it'll be a few years until the United Kingdom sorts itself out", predicted Varadkar. "I hate to see everything being ripped apart now". Lawmakers have committed the country to staying in the bloc unless a divorce deal is ratified.

He also said another vote on Brexit would be unfair, and reiterated that he would like to see a US trade deal with the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU.

But he now he says: "The potential is unlimited!"

When pressed on what advice he gave to May, Trump answered: "Well, I just told her what I would do and how I would do it".

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. "He does great work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago", the vice president said to applause.

The two leaders discussed Brexit as well as a number of Irish-US specific matters. "There is very deep-seated animosity within the Irish government to Brexit". Varadkar said he appreciates what the president has done for his country economically.

However, some differences between the two nations' administrations were highlighted on Thursday morning (March 14), when Varadkar arrived at the Naval Observatory for a breakfast meeting with Vice-President Mike Pence - and took along his partner, Matt Barrett.

During the annual event, the Taoiseach presented the USA president with a bowl of shamrock to mark his St Patrick's visit to Washington DC.

Brexit won't spoil the relationship, even given Trump's history of turning on leaders who cross him, said Marquette University historian Timothy G. McMahon, president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

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

"We talked about Brexit, something that is turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be. Everything does. One way or the other, it's going to work out".

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