Donald Trump has criticized Theresa May's handling of the Brexit talks, while also saying the United States will stay out of Britain's negotiations over its exit from the European Union. "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people who won, who say, 'What do you mean you're going to take another vote?' That will be tough".
As Brexit negotiations continue in the United Kingdom, President Donald Trump weighed in during an Oval Office meeting Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, claiming British Prime Minister Theresa May did not listen to his negotiating advice.
"The president, who described Brexit as a" lovely, attractive thing" during a visit to Scotland in June 2016, said the UK's divorce from the European Union is "tearing apart" Britain and other member states which he believes is "a shame". "But I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner".
Asked if he thinks the Brexit deadline should be extended, Mr Trump said: "I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now there are in the midst of a very short period of time, at the end of the month and they are not going to be able to do that".
Britain is set to exit the European Union on March 29, but lawmakers voted Thursday to allow the government to seek a delay to the Brexit date.
"We can do a very big trade deal with the United Kingdom. we are also re-negotiating our trade deal with the European groups and literally individual nations".
Trump also repeated falsehoods he's made before Thursday when he said he was not a supporter of Brexit. "And I was standing out on Turnberry, and we had a press conference, and people were screaming".
Nile Gardiner, a former aide to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, said Trump "has been very clear in his view that Brexit is great for America and for Britain".
"I particularly want to thank you for your help with the plant in the west of Ireland where hundreds of jobs were threatened as a result of the Russian sanctions", he stated. Pence attempted the Irish leader's formal title, calling him "Taoiseach Varadkar". Trump gave it a try, too, and got pretty close, at the final theatrical rite of the Irish visit - the presentation of a crystal bowl of shamrocks.
"That's true of the United States as well, the land and home of the courageous and free". "Friendly disagreements happen in diplomacy all the time".
"We talked about Brexit, something that is turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be. Everything does", he said.