Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump slams handling of Brexit by British PM Theresa May

Trump slams handling of Brexit by British PM Theresa May

"It's tearing a country apart", said Trump, who has cheered from the sidelines for Brexit and the populist and nationalist British politicians who have championed it.

Leo Varadkar also thanked President Trump for his support of a new E3 visa programme which, if passed by Congress, would benefit Irish citizens who wish to work in the US. "I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner".

Donald Trump has said Theresa May ignored his suggestions on how to negotiate Brexit and he is surprised at how badly it has been handled.

"If they don't talk to us we're going to do something that's very severe economically", Trump said.

"Varadkar took Pence up on his offer on Thursday, bringing Barrett along for a morning reception at the vice president's residence on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory".

Sitting beside Mr Varadkar, Mr Trump claimed the process of trying to reach a trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union contained difficulties.

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will travel to Chicago today as part of the annual Saint Patrick's Day programme of events. "I predicted it was going to happen". "I regret that Brexit's happening".

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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 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. "I hate to see it being - everything being ripped apart right now", Trump said, adding that holding a second referendum "would be very unfair to the people that won".

She told BBC News NI that she would "very much" like to se the United States president visit Northern Ireland.

Mr Varadkar also said Ireland wanted frictionless trade with the United Kingdom and he believed in free trade, and while it may be years before the United Kingdom "sorted itself out", the European Union was "available to talk trade with the US".

"And I don't believe my country is the only one in the world where this story is possible".

"I look forward to talking to you later about Brexit, giving you our perspective on it and the real importance of protecting the Good Friday Agreement and the really hard-won peace in Northern Ireland", Varadkar told Trump, referring to the 1998 British-Irish peace accord.

He added: "The EU has been very tough to deal with and frankly it's been very one-sided for many years so we are changing that around". "There's 500 million of us, only 60 million of them". "I missed it past year, and I would have loved to have been there".

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