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President Donald Trump continued to attack America’s European allies on Thursday — this time aiming at the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May a day before they are due to meet in London.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun published an interview with Trump on Thursday, where the president blasted May’s Brexit negotiations, as well as European immigration policy, NATO and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Trump said that May’s plan for a “soft Brexit” could scuttle an American trade deal with the U.K. because the the island nation would remain too close with the European Union.
“We are cracking down right now on the European Union because they have not treated the United States fairly on trading,” Trump said. “No, if they do that, I would say that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States.”
In the interview, Trump insisted that he would have negotiated the deal differently than May, and he said that he had provided the prime minister his “views on what she should do and how she should negotiate.”
“I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me. She wanted to go a different route,” he said.
“I would actually say she probably went the opposite way,” Trump said. “If you really look, she probably went the opposite way. And that’s fine. She should negotiate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what’s going on.”
But Trump declined to provide any details about the advice he provided May.
The American president also praised Boris Johnson, who just resigned as Britain’s foreign secretary earlier this week because he did not approve of May’s negotiations over Brexit. Trump even asserted that Johnson, a former mayor of London, “would be a great prime minister.
“I think he’s a great representative for your country,” he said. “I was very surprised and saddened that he was getting out of government.”
Johnson is actually remaining in government as a member of Parliament despite resigning as foreign secretary.